When Nick Card finishes work on one of the world’s most exciting Neolithic archaeological excavations, he is boarding a plane and flying to Japan to present a paper to the World Archaeology Congress.
It is a given in archaeology, that the most perplexing finds are unearthed in the final stages of a dig. So, as the dig at Ness of Brodgar in Orkney started the final week, some of the most intriguing finds of the season started to be unearthed in Trench T.
The excavation season at The Ness of Brodgar has just a few weeks to run. So it is a good time to take stock. Site Director Nick Card talks about the findings so far.
Yesterday, July 31, was the first Ness of Brodgar Open Day of 2016. There were displays in two locations that helped to tell the story of this amazing site.
One of the attractions of the Ness of Brodgar excavation site is the location. Situated on an isthmus between the Loch of Stenness and the Loch of Harray, with the Ring of Brodgar to the north-west and the Stones of Stenness to the south-east, there are few archaeological sites in the UK that are more beautiful.
The sheer scale of the Neolithic archaeology concentrated in one small area, the amazing stonework, the stunning location and of course the incredible artefacts that are continually coming out of the site. Just yesterday the first decorated stone emerged from the ground.
Throughout the summer, if you are aged between 12 and 16, you could be part of the dig team for one morning at the world famous Ness of Brodgar archaeology dig.
The investigation of archaeological material for dating using magnetic methods is usually referred to as archaeomagnetism. Archaeomagnetism has been utilised as a method for dating fired and heated archaeological material successfully for a number of decades.
Martha Johnson writes about her research into non-structural and non-tool rocks found at the Ness of Brodgar.
A new website has been set up by Sam Harris, who is undertaking PhD research into archaeomagnetic dating based on samples he has taken at the Ness of Brodgar.
This project looked at the roofing flagstones from the Ness of Brodgar.