Category Archives: Orkney

One More Thing…

Just a silly photo of that “face stone” I uncovered the other day

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Homeward Bound

Thursday passed quickly with scraping and brushing dirt and stones to make them look nice for final photos. Over in Structure 10 they found several unexpected massive flat stones forming a foundation or walkway. Their extent won’t be known for … Continue reading

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You Rubble Scum

Second-to-last day for me here at the Ness o’ Brodgar, and wishing it was longer whilst at the same time longing for hearth and home and kith and kin! For me and my trenchmate Woody it was a day of … Continue reading

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Stromness Town

That wind did presage rain, enough that it drove us off site today after only an hour’s work. Wet weather made a good excuse to visit the Stromness Museum just down the street from our house. It specializes in the … Continue reading

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Hang On To Your Hats!

All night we listened to the wind howl. It did not let up today. At all. It actually grew in strength through the day, and it feels like it’s blowing in some nasty weather. Right now, at 10:30 pm, it … Continue reading

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A Hoy There

Shelley and I visited the island of Hoy today, arriving there via 30-minute ferry ride from the pier just down the street in Stromness. We rented bikes in order to be able to see more of the place in our … Continue reading

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County Show Day

Yesterday we ended the week with a chilly digging day, making me wonder why I didn’t sign up for a project in the Bahamas or Mediterranean somewhere. We spent the day slowly troweling in our midden area trying to figure … Continue reading

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Pots and Spatulas

Shelley arrived Tuesday, so I worked only up until tea break in the morning, in order to get over to Kirkwall via bus to meet her at the airport. We caught a taxi back to town, then a bus to … Continue reading

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Knapping in the Rain

Just after lunch started, so did the rain. When it had not let up after an hour, the director sent everyone home. During lunchtime, though, one of the site supervisors demonstrated flint knapping, i.e., how to make stone tools out … Continue reading

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Eday Day

The open session last night at The Reel started slowly with only three musicians, but ended with the Wrigley Sisters performing some amazing tunes, especially the one with the fiddle. Astounding skills to be sure, and only a few feet … Continue reading

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