Ness of Brodgar

Photo courtesy Dr Hugo Anderson-Whymark

In 2002, the ridge on the Brodgar peninsula was surveyed and found to be saturated with archaeology. Up until then it was believed to be part of a natural landscape. In 2003, ploughing unearthed a large slab of stone thought to be part of a 4,000 year old grave. Excavation found no bones but beautiful stone walling was revealed. In 2004 Nick Card, University of the Highlands and Islands,Orkney College became site director and excavation commenced.

Test pits were dug and each one revealed 5000 year old Neolithic archaeology. Since then, annual excavation has uncovered monumental stone structures, and much more. During our first decade, just a fraction of the site has been excavated with the promise of many more hidden wonders to be revealed in the next decade.

As featured in BBC2 documentary series: Britain’s Ancient Capital: Secrets of Orkney


“World’s most spectacular Neolithic dig … the most significant archaeological discovery of my lifetime.”Neil Oliver, BBC TV Presenter and Archaeologist.

2017 Dates

  • The Orkney Archaeology Society Ness of Brodgar talk will take place on 15th June at 19.00 in the Orkney Theatre.
  • The excavation will be open from Wednesday 5th July to Wednesday 23rd August.
  • Tours are available and archaeologists will be on site most weekdays. 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.
  • Open Days are Sunday 16th July and Sunday 20th August

See developments at The Ness

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