Archaeological investigations in the county are set to receive a £40,000 boost from Orkney Islands Council this year.
The funding will come from the council’s economic development grant budget and will be split between ten projects — four on the Orkney Mainland and six on the isles.
As in previous years the Ness of Brodgar excavations will receive the biggest sum — £10,000 towards their £224,236 project costs for 2015.
According to a report before members of the development and infrastructure committee, it is intended to extend the duration of project work at the Ness this season.
“Excavation this year will concentrate on scientific understanding of building usage,” the report adds.
Other Orkney Mainland investigations to receive funding are:
- The Cairns/Windwick Bay field project — £6,000.
- Braes of Smerquoy fieldwork — £3,440.
- Newark Bay, Deerness, excavation — £560.
In the isles the following projects will receive funding:
- Swandro, Rousay — An archaeological study of resource exploitation, sustainability and resilience from the Neolithic to the Late Norse — £5,986.
- Holms of Ire, Sanday — Search and preliminary assessment of the remains of the Dutch frigate Utrecht, lost in 1807 — £4,414.
- Landscapes of change — Archaeology of the Rousay clearances — £4,100.
- Orkney’s early harbours, landing places, anchorages, maritime infrastructure and shipping — A pilot project investigating landscape and seascape looking for Orkney’s early harbours and landing places — £4,000.
- Hoy and Walls landscape project — Rackwick survey — £1,000.
- Braes of Ha’breck, Wyre — Geophysical survey — £500.