The dig team still smiling at the end of an exhausting but very exciting week.

Dig Diary – Friday, July 29, 2011

Day Ten A rather lengthy addition to our web diary today, in recognition of the “Day of Archaeology 2011”. Check out www.dayofarchaeology.com for more details – hope you enjoy! There is no such thing, on the Ness of Brodgar, as…

The "Brodgar Boy" found at the 2011 excavations on the Ness of Brodgar, Orkney.

Dig Diary – Thursday, July 28, 2011

Day Nine Behold the “Brodgar Boy” In addition to the pot discovered in Structure Fourteen, Hilary, a volunteer from Cheshire, has made a very exciting discovery – a ceramic piece that is anthropomorphic in nature!! The small clay ‘figurine’ is…

Antonia recording the Neolithic art in Structure 10's annex.

Dig Diary – Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Day Eight And suddenly summer is here – sun, a light breeze and no midges – heaven! And what a day of archaeology to accompany this fine weather. Structure Ten is going ahead by leaps and bounds – and in…

The interior of Structure 1 now that the remains of the later oval structure has been removed (the later inserted curving wall can be seen on the right).JPG

Dig Diary – Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Day Seven A quiet day in many respects, and certainly as far as the weather is concerned. It was calm, and grey and warm all day, and this brought with it the inevitable swarms of midges – thankfully of the…

The cleaning of the interior of Structure 1.

Ness of Brodgar – Preliminary Phasing

The complexities, depth of stratigraphy (perhaps over three metres overall) and the extraordinary preservation of the Ness of Brodgar complex makes an understanding of the phasing of this remarkable site a deeply thought-provoking exercise that continually changes, and is refined,…

Cleaning in Structure 12 for photographs.

Dig Diary – Monday, July 25, 2011

Day Six Already the start of week two – how the time flies when enjoying oneself! The site already seems transformed from last Monday, when it was first uncovered. With more of the walls exposed, the internal plan of Structure…

Kim with her star find, the stone ball.

Dig Diary – Friday, July 22, 2011

Day Five Hold the presses once again – the announcement of the discovery of the new painted stone may have been a bit premature! This morning, in the cold light of day, the jury on this is still out –…

Anne holds the strange stone cube.

Dig Diary – Thursday, July 21, 2011

Day Four STOP PRESS – as seems to happen every day five minutes just before we pack up, something extraordinary turns up – today another painted stone! More to follow tomorrow! A stone cube . . . The day began…

Alex and Jennifer removing deposits within the southern end of Structure Eight

Dig Diary – Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Day Three This morning began with finishing the cleaning back in all of the structures on site, freshening the soil, removing dust and debris from the stones and generally making the Neolithic buildings look neat and tidy. It is an…

A trench extension, to reveal the full extent of Structure Twelve, being machined. (ORCA)

Dig Diary – Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Day Two The day began with an early morning tour of the site by Nick Card, the site director, re-acquainting old hands with the layout and thrilling the new diggers, few of whom will have seen anything as magnificent. It…

Chains of diggers remove the stones from the plastic covers. (ORCA)

Dig Diary – Monday, July 18, 2011

Day One It hardly seems like a year ago since we bade you all farewell and here we are, back again, to further investigate the enigma that is the Ness of Brodgar. Although the intervening period since we last “spoke”…

Young people invited to join Ness excavation

Young people in Orkney are being given the opportunity to take part in one of the island’s most exciting archaeological digs. The Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA) and World Heritage Site (WHS) Rangers Service have teamed up to offer…