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2021 update: This year's excavations are now complete and the site closed on August 13. Keep an eye on our social media pages and official website for information about plans for 2022.

The Ness of Brodgar is a 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, its nearest sites were the Ring of Brodgar and the Standing Stones of Stenness, both part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site, but in 2002 all that changed when a geophysical survey revealed a huge 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.