Dig Diary — Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Day Thirteen The finest so far Mike is indeed a very lucky man – not just one piece of art but now perhaps the finest piece of art we have recovered from the site, and one of the finest from…

Dig Diary — Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Day Twelve We detect some of the visiting students and diggers on site looking at us Orkney residents today with a sort of new, and wondering, respect — as in “how do they manage to live here?” We left the…

Dig Diary — Monday, July 29, 2013

Day Eleven A strange sort of sticky goo is leaking from the screen of the laptop on which this blog is being written. That’s how hot it is. Truth to say, there have been no casualties of the weather today…

Dig Diary — Friday, July 26, 2013

Day Ten As delicate operations go, the lifting of large and crumbling bits of pottery is just about as delicate as it gets. Our visitor, Peter Brigham, and his wife, Kareen, discovered a very large pot earlier this week just…

Dig Diary — Thursday, July 25, 2013

Day Nine We told you in the last post about Jo’s fantastic inscribed stone from the northern end of Structure Twelve. Just a quick look at, it late yesterday afternoon, failed to register how stunning it really is. In essence, it…

Dig Diary — Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Day Eight Trench T, the new one on the far side of the house from the main site, is living up to the family tradition. In other words, it is proving to be just as complex, infuriating and downright puzzling…

Dig Diary — Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Day Seven Today is nice and sunny at the Ness. We appear to be in a little bubble of brightness, with dark and angry clouds lurking on the horizon, but keeping their distance. In Structure Ten, however, there is a…

Dig Diary — Monday, July 22, 2013

Day Six Bronze Age pottery We will begin today, as we did on Friday, with pottery. You may recall we showed a photograph of an incised pot rim from under the bone deposit at the end of Structure Ten. It…

Dig Diary — Friday, July 19, 2013

Day Five It’s not often that we open with a pottery discovery. Most archaeologists profess to dislike pottery (see Mai, below) and at the Ness it comes by the truckload, thus diminishing its rarity value. Those of us who do…

Dig Diary — Thursday, July 18, 2013

Day Four Film crews, sunshine and Mike’s head Thursday at the Ness was a quieter, more measured sort of day, enveloped by sunshine and the persistent scrape of trowels on midden. Additional interest was provided by Neil Oliver and his…

Dig Diary — Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Day Three Sorry, but we’re starting with the weather again. After lulling everyone into a ridiculously sunny sense of security on Tuesday afternoon, the cloud and the rain rolled over the Ness with a vengeance today. Surfaces smeared into each…

Dig Diary — Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Day Two The day started wet and windy, to the surprise of absolutely nobody. But hot baths, even hotter showers and, in one suspected case, a good hosing, seemed to have cleaned the diggers and restored their spirits and muscle…

Dig Diary — Monday, July 15, 2013

Day One Off to a blustery start Welcome to the Ness of Brodgar for another season of stunning Neolithic archaeology. It’s hard to believe that almost a year has passed since this astonishing site vanished under billowing protective plastic sheeting…