Cairns Excavation Restarts

Work resumes on site at Windwick, South Ronaldsay on Monday, June 18, and runs until July 13th. Visitors are welcome at any time between 10 am and 4pm Monday - Friday.   The official site 'open day' is on Friday 6th July when there will be an OAS members tour  at 11 a.m.  and the OAS shop will be open.

The project is run by director Martin Carruthers, lecturer in archaeology for UHI at Orkney College.

Excavation work at the Cairns has been taking place since 2006. In the 2012 season, the investigation will focus on the excavation of the large Atlantic roundhouse and associated structures from various phases, through the Bronze and Iron Ages.

For the first time there is an excavation BLOG  for the Cairns excavation hosted by Orkneyjar. 


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jean geddes
0 #2 jean geddes 2012-07-10 16:46
Visited the Cairns today as missed Open Day. What a fantastic, fascinating site and there is still so much more to uncover. Thanks to Martin for the 'tour'. His enthusiasm brings it all to life. :-) Great job by Martin and his team. :))))
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Test Reader
0 #1 Test Reader 2012-06-29 19:50
Fantasic excavation at The Cairns . Martin and his team uncovering a wonderful site - well worth a visit . its great to be able to see the past unfolding, seems to be quite a few interesting finds - look forward to the open day on the 6th July
by which time David promises to have his team well down ......DC
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