The Cairns

Overall aerialThe Cairns, South Ronaldsay, Orkney is a research and training excavation based around a substantial multi-period settlement site. The main focus is a monumental Iron Age roundhouse or broch and its associated contemporary and later extramural buildings. Excavations have been running since 2006 producing a substantial architectural, artefactual and environmental resource. The main aims of the project are to investigate the suite of floors and occupation deposits from inside the broch, to examine the contexts & biographies of the Iron Age structures known as ‘souterrains’, and to explore the site’s relationship with other sites and natural features in the landscape, before, during and after the Iron Age.

For regular updates see The Cairns Dig 2017

Site Plan to the 2016 Excavations

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