Open 6 July

Excavation will resume at the Ness of Brodgar on Monday, July 4, 2022, running until Friday, August 19, 2022.

The site will be open to the public, subject to covid restrictions, between July 6 and August 17, 2022, with free guided tours of the site on weekdays at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

The Ness of Brodgar is the thin strip of land, in the West Mainland of Orkney, that separates the lochs of Harray and Stenness.

The Ness is covered in, and surrounded by, archaeology. Until the beginning of this century, it was best known as the site of the Ring of Brodgar and the nearby Standing Stones of Stenness, both part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site. In 2002 all that changed when a geophysical survey revealed a huge prehistoric complex, indicating many buildings beneath the Ness. The dense concentration of structures astonished the worldwide archaeological community.

Since then, archaeological excavations on the Ness have been revealing a large complex of monumental Neolithic buildings along with decorated masonry, pottery, stone tools, evidence of stone tiled roofing and much more.

Work to uncover the seemingly endless secrets of the site continues for eight weeks each summer, and the public are welcomed to the site to see this amazing place and to hear about it, on regular tours throughout the dig season.

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