Experimental Archaeology at The Cairns
Student Stories The Cairns

Experimental archaeology at The Cairns

University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute student Paul Jack is preparing to start his exciting Carnegie Vacation Scholarship project at The Cairns dig in a few weeks time.

Paul took a few minutes out from his busy day to talk me through his project which will involve working at The Cairns excavation to re-create an Iron Age furnace.

Iron Age The Cairns

Orkney’s oldest wooden bowl unveiled

A remarkable, perfectly preserved, wooden bowl unearthed from a two-thousand-year-old well has been revealed during conservation work being undertaken on the artefact this week, and an extraordinary story of ancient repair of the bowl suggests it was a valued object during the Iron Age.

Plan of The Cairns Excavation
Iron Age The Cairns

The structures at The Cairns

However before the daily dig diary begins, perhaps it might be an idea to talk you through some of the structures that have been discovered at the site, to help you locate the finds that Martin and his team discover over the next few weeks of excavation. 

Here is everything you have ever wanted to know about The Cairns, but were too afraid to ask. Well, almost…