Film crew joins diggers back at the Links of Noltland . . .

Lachlan Goudie at the Links of Noltland excavation site. (EASE Archaeology)

Lachlan Goudie at the Links of Noltland excavation site. (EASE Archaeology)

A BBC film crew has been in Westray, filming at the Links of Noltland excavation site as part of a new documentary series on Scottish art.

The documentary crew focused on the Westray Wife and the Westray Stone — this segment will form part of the first of four programmes fronted by Scottish artist, Lachlan Goudie.

With a string of successful exhibitions to his credit, Goudie has also acted as a judge on the recent BBC programme The Big Painting Challenge.

He was introduced to the Westray Wife — found in 2009, and temporarily liberated from her cabinet in the Heritage Centre for a few hours — at the Links, where he also met two more of her less famous sisters and several other finely made and decorated objects found during the excavations.

He was delighted to be able to handle the prehistoric objects and spent several hours filming on the site and on the beach at Grobust.


The Westray Stone (Sigurd Towrie)

In the afternoon, the crew visited the heritage centre to film the Westray Stone — an ornately-carved prehistoric stone found in 1981 during quarrying  work in Pierowall.

Once part of a Neolithic chambered cairn, the stone is one of the finest examples of prehistoric spiral carving in Britain and is similar to carving in the tombs in the Boyne Valley in Ireland.

The crew were delighted with what they found and agreed that it had been a great start to their schedule.

The series is scheduled for broadcast in the autumn.

Hazel Moore, of EASE Archeology, said: “This coverage is a great opportunity to showcase Westray’s heritage and natural environment and again demonstrates the significance of the remains at Links of Noltland to a national and international audience.”

  • The eighth major season of excavation at the Neolithic/Bronze Age site began last Monday, May 18, and will be the last major season of work funded by Historic Scotland.

    The aim this year is to complete work on the enclosed Neolithic settlement and investigate a possible Bronze Age burnt mound. Work will continue into August.

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