Brochtoberfest 2017!


An exciting series of discussions and talks on the world of brochs! 

Saturday 21st October 

Caithness Horizons, High Street, Thurso, KW14 8AJ 

10am – 4.30pm 

Ticket Prices and Details: 

  Price: £15 (ticket price includes lunch)

  Call Caithness Horizons on 01847 896508 to book 

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 Brocht’oberfest Programme, 21st October 2017.  Caithness Horizons, Thurso

(10am - 10.15am)
Registration - teas and coffees
(10.15am - 10.45am)
Iain Maclean from Caithness Broch Project - Title TBA
(10.50am - 11.20am)
Michael Stratigos from Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre - "Brochs, Crannogs, Things and Castles: Artificial island dwelling traditions in northern and eastern Scotland"
(11.25am - 11.55am)
Dan Harris from Brick to the Past - "Building the Lego Broch"
(12pm - 12.30pm) 
Samantha Dennis from Old Scatness Broch Project - "A Broch in Boxes: cataloguing the finds from Scatness, Shetland"

(12.30pm - 1.20pm)
Break for Lunch
(1.25pm - 1.55pm)
Martin Carruthers from Archaeology Institute UHI - "The Death and Afterlife of a Broch: Transformation at The Cairns c. AD100-300"
(2pm - 2.30pm)
Alexandra Sanmark from The Centre of Nordic Studies UHI - "Thing Sites in Scotland: Brochs and other Mounds"
(2.35pm - 3.05pm)
Li Sou from the University of Bradford / Shetland Amenity Trust “Scanning Through Time: 3D Documentation of Shetland’s Brochs”
(3.10pm - 3.40pm)
Dave McBain from Clachtoll Broch Project "Clachtoll Cattachs - Uncovering Catastrophic Collapse in the Iron Age"
(3.40pm - 4.30pm)
Closing statement and questions

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Talk by Nick Card

Last night ( 16th June 2017 ) was a a very sucessful joint event between OAS and the Ness of Brodgar Trust, held at the Kirwall Theatre. This event was free to all.

Ness of Brodgar Talk











There was a great turn out to not only listen to Nick Card talk about the progress and the plans for this years dig at the Ness of Brodgar but also the launch of the all new Ness guide book.

OAS were also launching their new newsletter which is £6 or free if you are a member. The ubiquise raffle was a sucess with prizes donated by:

OAS Ness Butterfly mug - OAS

Ness Baseball Cap - OAS

Photo print by Michael Vasey - Michael Vasey

Silk Wrap by Jeanne Bouze Rose - Jeanne Bouze Rose

Bottle of Moet Chandon - ECats Ltd

Bottle of Highland Park- ECats Ltd

Wooden Ball by Michael Sinclair - Michael Sinclair Woodturner

Sheila Fleet Necklace - Sheila Fleet

Private Tour of the Dig Site with Nick Card - NoB Trust


Three part BBC series on Orkney starts Monday 2nd January

Don't forget that the new 3 part BBC TV series 'Britain's Ancient Capital - Secrets of Orkney' that was filmed in summer 2016 will start on Monday January 2nd 2017, second episode Monday 9th & third episode Monday 16th January. The cameras were at the Ness of Brodgar for the whole of the season as well as visiting many other Orkney sites. 

Grants Awarded in 2015

The Orkney Archaeology Society fund raises throughout the year and all the money we raise from this and from membership fees goes to support archaeology in Orkney.

During 2015 the Society gave a total of £9595 in grants to fund a diverse range of projects:

·         £2400 to the Gateway to the Atlantic: excavations at the Knowe of Swandro, Rousay


·         £420 to fund analysis of micromorphology samples taken at the Ness of Brodgar excavation


·         £975 to fund radiocarbon dating of Pictish burials recovered in Rousay for the project:  ‘Putting Flesh on the Bones’


·         £800 to fund an open access online image library of stone tools from Orkney as part of the ‘Working Stone, Making Communities’ project


·         £1750 to the Cairns excavation, Windwick Iron Age & Pictish site


·         £750 towards the Hoy and South Walls Landscape Project Rackwick, Hoy archaeological survey involving local community volunteers


·         £400 to fund geophysics at the Braes of Ha’Breck, in the island of Wyre


·         £150 towards the Yesnaby Art & Archaeology Research Project


·         £400 to help establish an Orkney Young Archaeologist club


·         £650 Landscapes of Change: Archaeologies of the Rousay Clearances


·         £900 Prospecting for Orkney’s Maritime Heritage programme of marine and onshore survey fieldwork




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