Digging up the Past: workshops for 12-16 year olds

Special events  at the 2015 Ness of Brodgar excavation for youngsters aged 12 - 16 years. Booking essential: email the Orkney Rangers to book a place This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Nautical Archaeology Society Courses

Nautical Archaeology Society Courses

Are you interested in the maritime heritage of Orkney? Do you want to directly contribute to the monitoring of wartime remains in Scapa Flow? Would you like to learn how to plan a project, locate and record a site using side scan sonar surveys and learn how to use GIS mapping software?

Orkney College UHI, Historic Scotland and Nautical Archaeology Society are running a series of courses this year:

NAS Part III GIS in Maritime Archaeology: This two-day introductory course on the 11th-12th July 2015 will provide an overview of features in QGIS – a freely available GIS software package commonly used by people working with large spatial datasets. Cost £70

NAS Part III: Side Scan Sonar Surveys: This two-day course on the 15th-16th August will focus on the use of smaller side scan sonar in archaeological surveys. Students will gain practical experience designing and completing different types of side scan sonar surveys.  Cost £195

Participants can take Part III Courses without having completed the Introduction and Part I Course.


For further informationcontact Annalisa Christie on +44 (0)1856 5 69223 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .    

2015 Excavation Dates

The Cairns, South Ronaldsay

Martin Carruthers and team will be back digging at the amazing Iron Age broch site at the Cairns, above Windwick Bay in South Ronaldsay. The dig runs from 15th June to the 10th July 2015 and visitors are welcome Monday to Friday. There will be an open day at a date to be confirmed. If you've been to the Broch of Gurness you'll love this!

For more information & last year’s dig diary visit the dig pages on Orkneyjar


Knowe of Swandro, Rousay

Steve Dockrill & Julie Bond & their team return to the Knowe of Swandro in late June 

Visitors are very welcome from the 24th June until the 23rd July 2015. The site is open to the public Sunday to Thursday inclusive from 10am to 4pm (except in exceptionally bad weather). There will be an open day on Sunday the 19th July

Please note that you should park at the Midhowe car park and walk in from the Midhowe tomb end – please do NOT come via Westness farm. Dogs must be on a lead at all times due to livestock in surrounding fields.


See Orkneyjar for background


Ness of Brodgar, Stenness

Nick Card & team will be back at the Ness from the 6th July to the 28th of August. The site will open to visitors from Wednesday 8th July until Wednesday 26th August, with information boards etc. and visitors are welcome at any time when the staff are on site. Please note no access to the site is permitted without staff present. On Saturdays and Sundays although there won’t be diggers on site, there will be access via free site tours, usually at 11am and 3pm, but please see the website and dig diary for more information


2015 World Heritage Area Fieldwalking Project

OAS members were out last week with UHI Archaeology Institute Students on a pilot World Heritage Area Fieldwalking Project that aims to run for the next few years. The aim is to investigate the multi-period landscape of the Stenness-Brodgar area with the surface collection of artefacts, building on the recent large scale geophysical survey. Watch this space for more fieldwalking opportunities. Contact Dan Lee on:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get yourself on the fieldwalking email list

See our Facebook Page for updates, pics below are of the fieldwalking this week along with the star find:


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