Dig Diary – Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Day Twenty-Seven Done for another year That’s it, folks. With great sadness we have to say that this is the last dig diary of the 2014 season at the Ness. Scanning across the site, the signs of the end are…

Dig Diary – Monday, August 18, 2014

Day Twenty-Six Appeal for volunteers We have job opportunities today, very rare ones, which only occur just once a year. Yes, it is time to think again about the job of backfilling the site. Every year, at the close of…

Dig Diary – Sunday, August 17, 2014

Day Twenty-Five Wow, what a day! The Ness always looks at its happiest when there are visitors around and today, our Open Day, they came in droves. It was nice to see so many Orcadian faces in the crowds, taking…

Dig Diary – Thursday, August 14, 2014

Day Twenty-Four Farewell Willamettes Sadly, today is the last day for the Willamettes, that intrepid bunch of students from deepest darkest Oregon, led by their Professor, Scott Pike. They have been tremendous company and have worked so very hard – putting up…

Dig Diary – Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Day Twenty-Three A day of fantastic finds! Today has seen the most fantastic finds emerge from the soils and midden of the Ness. Not that this is in any way unusual – every year the finds hut echoes to “oohs”…

Dig Diary – Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Day Twenty-Two ‘I bet that’s a standing stone’ Let’s wind back to the beginning of this year’s dig, when site director, Nick, and Structure Twelve supervisor, Jim, were standing musing over that particularly lovely structure. They were engaged in characteristic…

Dig Diary – Monday, August 11, 2014

Day Twenty-One Something special . . . We promised you in the last blog that something special might be happening soon. Well, it has only half-happened, so today we have just about 50 per cent of the story to tell…

Dig Diary – Friday, August 8, 2014

Day Twenty Two weeks left! This is the end of busy week four at the Ness and, horror of horrors, there are only two weeks left of the 2014 season. However, there is no reason to be despondent yet, because there…

Dig Diary – Thursday, August 7, 2014

Day Nineteen The view from above . . . We have a real treat for you today. With a wonderful, steady breeze, and with the sun streaming down, Hugo launched the “Flying Mattress” into the air once more. Suspended beneath this multi-coloured…

Dig Diary – Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Day Eighteen A day of rain . . . This is day two of the diary pottery special – largely because the Ness is being pounded, at the minute, by heavy rain (as Lorna laments below) and digging has been…

Dig Diary – Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Day Seventeen A glimpse of the Iron Age? Today was pottery day at the Ness. Aren’t you lucky? Okay, we’re biased, but those who moan about yet another pottery sherd emerging from the midden to add to the thousands already…

Dig Diary – Monday, August 4, 2014

Day Sixteen Getting complicated in Structure One Structure One has been primped and polished to within an inch of its life today and is looking beautiful. Hugo took more excellent photographs of it using his pole-on-a-camera – although how he…

Dig Diary – Friday, August 1, 2014

Day Fifteen Shetland connections You may have heard of Skaill knives – those flakes of beach cobble used as throwaway blades and relatively common in Orkney, but not thus far at the Ness. But have you heard of Shetland knives? Not…