The man at the helm of the Ness of Brodgar excavations is heading back to the USA later this month for a lecture tour.
Following on from previous visits in 2010 and 2011, Nick Card, the senior projects manager at the Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA), has been invited, and funded, by a number of American organisations to present five talks over a ten-day period.
He explained: “I’ve been invited to give several different talks, each tailored to the different audiences, but based around the excavations on the Ness of Brodgar, the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site and highlighting Orkney as a whole.
A talk at the British Embassy, that was enabled by Orkney MSP, Liam McArthur, will be focusing more of the economic benefits of archaeology and heritage to Orkney.”
As well as the British Embassy, Mr Card will be lecturing to the Explorers Club and Woman Geographers Society at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC; the Potomac School, sponsored by Living Legacy of Scotland and the Harvard Club of Washinton DC; the Smithsonian Institute; and the Harvard Club of New York.
In addition, Mr Card will be visiting the heaquarters of National Geographic magazine in Washington, who are planning a feature on the Ness in a forthcoming issue, and appeaing on the PBS television programme The Newshour.
“2012 has been a very exciting year for the Ness of Brodgar team, with interest in the site, from all over the world, reaching new levels,” he said.
“Once again, the lecture tour is another excellent opportunity to promote the Ness of Brodgar, Orkney’s world-renowned archaeology and also Orkney as a whole.”
Before leaving for the USA, Mr Card will give two talks at the Glasgow Archaeology Society and the Peebleshire Archaeology Society.