• Aerial view of the Cairns dig - image by Bobby Friel

More secrets uncovered at The Cairns

We've been visiting the archaeological dig at The Cairns in South Ronaldsay to see how this year's project is developing.

With the summer here, Orkney’s excavation season is well underway.

Archaeologists, students and volunteers are now all on-site at three major digs across the islands. The Ness of Brodgar is now open for tours, and the team at Swandro has been busy at the spectacular site, right on the Rousay coastline.

Meanwhile, across the Churchill Barriers in South Ronaldsay, excavation work at The Cairns, a large Iron Age complex, has been continuing at pace over recent weeks. Check out our images below to see how the project has been developing so far this year.

Find out more about the Cairns via the links below.

Remember, if you're visiting the site, keep an eye out for signs nearer the location and be considerate of the inhabitants of the neighbouring household, just down slope from the site.

The Digital Orkney project has been part financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Orkney LEADER 2014-2020

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