Archaeology in a Day – Open Day @UHI Archaeology Institute, Orkney

Students studying the site at Barnhouse

Join us at the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute Open Day on the 28th March 2018.

  • Venue: The Archaeology Institute, Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall KW15 1LX
  • Date: Wednesday 28th March 2018
  • Time: 10am to 4.30pm

The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute is located in one of the most exciting archaeology areas in the world – Orkney in Northern Scotland. Surrounded by thousands of archaeology sites ranging from the Neolithic to World War II, the Archaeology Institute is well placed as a world-class teaching and research organisation to advance our understanding of the historic environment.

Students on a fieldtrip to the Outer Hebrides

So, come along and experience hands on archaeology, talk to staff and students and discover what studying Archaeology at The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute has to offer. You will also have the opportunity to take part in workshops on aspects of practical archaeology, including:

  • using microscopes to analyse pollen and charcoal unearthed at the Ness of Brodgar
  • examining finds from The Cairns excavation
  • exploring 4000 year old ceramics
  • examining the whale bones unearthed at Cata Sands
  • creating a 3D image from a laser scanner
Students at Skara Brae

You will also see how we use the unique archaeological landscape of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland to further your studies. The event is open to anyone who is considering studying Archaeology at undergraduate or post graduate level in addition to anyone who is considering one of our short courses.

Check out our website for all our archaeology courses.

If you wish to attend then please contact Mary on 01856 569225, send us a message on our Facebook page , send us a message through Twitter @UHIArachaeology or e-mail Mary at

Ness of Brodgar Open Day

1607310821 Ness open daysThe Open Day at The Ness of Brodgar are now finalised:

  • Venue: The Ness of Brodgar Archaeological Excavation and Stenness School
  • Date:Sunday 21st August
  • Time: 11am – 4pm. Last tour at 3.30pm.
  • Continuous tours and demonstrations
  • Refreshments available in Stenness Hall

Activities at the Ness site itself include:

  • Dry-stone walling
  • Stone and colour
  • Pot making
  • Flint knapping
  • Wood working
  • The new Ness of Brodgar jewellery range from Ola Gorie
  • Big Raffle with the main prize of a pendant from the Ola Gorie new jewellery range
  • Orkney Archaeology Society shop
  • Guides and finds

Activities at Stenness School include:

  • Stone tools and rocks
  • Animal bones including “Invent an animal”
  • Willow work
  • Stone felting
  • Wash off Neolithic tattoos
  • Shell jewellery extravaganza for all ages!
  • Community Cafe

Parking is available in the field and at the school as usual. The car park now has a covering of hard core which makes parking a lot easier. Signposting will guide you from the Ness of Brodgar to Stenness School.

I’m sorry, but we can’t cater for coach and mini bus parties and any groups larger than 8 people.