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The Ness of Brodgar complex

The Ness of Brodgar site has been under excavation since 2004, revealing a massive complex of monumental Neolithic buildings dating from the centuries around 3000BC.

Without parallel in Atlantic Europe, the Ness of Brodgar’s three hectares are filled with huge stone structures containing spectacular finds.

These have made the Ness one of the most important archaeological excavations in the world today, changing our understanding of the culture and beliefs of Neolithic Orkney and shining a new light on the prehistory of northern Europe.

The project is mainly funded through the generosity of the public through our two supporting charities the Ness of Brodgar Trust and the American Friends.

The discovery of the Ness of Brodgar
The Ness of Brodgar excavation
Picture: Tim Winterburn

Spirits of the Standing Stones

The early antiquarians who documented Orkney's ancient monuments often overlooked or paid little attention to the local beliefs surrounding the sites. So it was a delight to come across a 19th century account in which the author actually spoke to, and recorded, a brief encounter with a young lad from Stenness. Read more
New in the Ness of Brodgar shop

Ness shopping opportunities! 

We love this dramatic picture (right) of the entrance to Structure Eight, painted on site by artist-in-residence Jeanne Rose and three stunning new pieces by woodturner Michael Sinclair. Not to… Read more