Excavation Calendar 2020

The projects listed below welcome visitors. The sites can be muddy following bad weather so sturdy boots are recommended. Sites can also be closed if the weather is particularly inclement.

Ness of Brodgar Excavation

Total station in use at Ness of Brodgar
  • The site is open to the public from 8th July to 19th August 2020
  • Daily free site tours at 11am, 1pm and 3pm are available on most weekdays when archaeologists will be on site. Please check the Ness of Brodgar Trust website for up to date information
  • Tours are also conducted at 1100 & 1500 on Saturday and Sunday during the dig season, but there will be no archaeologists on site during the weekend, except Saturday 8th August when the site is totally shut.
  • Special Open Days are Sunday 19th July and Sunday 16th August, that feature archaeology in action at the site and at Stenness Community School. Lots of hands-on for all ages. Orkney home-baking and much more in the café at the school too. A must-visit element of Orkney’s summer season.
  • Location: Stenness, West Mainland
  • Website https://www.nessofbrodgar.co.uk/ for more details of visiting and tours

The Cairns Excavation

The Cairns Broch looking out over the North Sea
  • The site is open to the public from 15th June to 10th July 2020
  • Tours are available and archaeologists will be on site most weekdays from 10am-4pm.
  • Open Day is 3rd July 2020
  • For updates on the dig see our Twitter feed @thecairnsbroch  and Facebook group and our dig diary on this blog
  • Location: Windwick Bay, South Ronaldsay, Orkney

Skaill Farmstead Excavation

Skaill Farm, Rousay

Swartigill Excavation, Thrumster, Caithness

The Swartigill site. Photo: Bobby Friel @Takethehighview
  • The Swartigill dig is located near Wick in Caithness, Northern Scotland
  • The site is open to the public from 17th August until 11th September 2020
  • The dig is quite difficult to get to and involves a bit of a trek over boggy and very uneven ground
  • Tours are available and archaeologists will be on site most weekdays.
  • Click here to check out the background to the project
  • Volunteers are welcome and you don’t need any experience of archaeology to take part. Drop us a line at studyarchaeology@uhi.ac.uk for more information.
  • Location: Caithness, North Scotland