Congratulations Dr Johnson…

All the team at the Ness would like to send our congratulations to our resident geologist, who has been awarded her PhD. Dr Martha Johnson has worked at the Ness for several years now and her thesis was entitled Rock matters: A geological basis for understanding the rock at the …

Old names and older stones…was there an earlier name for the Ring of Brodgar?

Was there an earlier name for the Ring of Brodgar? An Orcadian name that preceded the antiquarian title introduced in the mid 1800s? According to our very-own Sigurd Towrie, it seems there was – although the jury is still out on whether the name specifically referred to the stone circle …

3D printing the Ness of Brodgar

At the end of last season, we mentioned the tremendous work done by Jim Bright, our photogrammetry expert, and Mark Newton, who produces wonderful physical 3D models from his printer. The example shown here is the first completed physical 3D model of our main Trench P, reproduced in detail through …

2019 volunteer slots filled but still some places for experienced diggers

With six months to go until we resume excavation, the interest shown by people looking to volunteer on site in 2019 has again been overwhelming. Site director Nick has confirmed today that while we have no more space for non-experienced diggers or volunteers, there are a few places left for …

Exhibition of Ness-inspired ceramics opens in London

An exhibition of ceramics inspired by the Ness of Brodgar opens in Southwark Cathedral, London, today, Monday, January 14. During the summer of 2018, Diane Eagles was one of the artists-in-residence at the dig and produced site-specific ceramics referencing the making and decorative techniques found in Neolithic Grooved Ware pots. …

From the archives (2016) – Zoom in and get up close to Trench P and X

In 2016, we posted an aerial image created by Professor Scott Pike, of Willamette University, using his drone flying above Trench P. Taking a series of individual aerial shots, Scott compiled them into one large image, showing, in detail, the entirety of Trench P, including Trench X – the long, …