Welcome to the website of the Orkney Archaeology Society. We are a charity registered in Scotland (SC030611) which developed from the Friends of Orkney Archaeological Trust - click here for the history.
The aims of Orkney Archaeology Society are:
- to support the management and development of Orkney's archaeological & historical resource by charitable means;
and in furtherance thereof
- to serve the interests of the membership of the Society and the general public by providing information on archaeology and archaeological activity in Orkney through publications, meetings, conferences, exhibitions, projects and other activities and events.
We organise a programme of talks on the work going on in archaeology in Orkney, and we also host an exciting programme of lecture by visiting speakers - all of which are free and open to everyone. See the Calendar or the News Blog rfor current information on upcoming events. We publish a newsletter for our members to keep our widely scattered membership up to date with current work and ideas. We have a publication of our own on the work done at Mine Howe and act as distributors for Rising Tides, by the county archaeologist Julie Gibson - A new edition 'Rising Tides Revisited' was published in July 2012.
We provide grants to archaeological projects in Orkney - although we usually have far more applications than we can possibly fund.
On an annual basis since 2007, we award the Daphne Lorimer Bursary to a student on the Masters in Archaeological Practice course run by Orkney College – this bursary covers the fees of a student who has gained a place on the course by academic merit but would otherwise be unable to raise the funds to take up the place.
Since 2008, we award the Judith Robertson Memorial Prize at graduation to a student from the Masters course.