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.


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