Ness of Brodgar

One of the most significant archaeological finds in Western Europe

Ness of Brodgar

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 8 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.

The site will be open to the public from Wednesday 3 July 2019 to Wednesday 21 August 2019, but please refer to the website for more detail of opening and closing times.