Archaeology News

Against Time and Tide: Investigating The Iron Age of Orkney

Staff and Students from the University of Bradford, Orkney College (University of the Highlands and Islands), City University of New York, and the William Paterson University of New Jersey will be fighting against time and tide this summer to rescue as much archaeological information as possible from an eroding archaeological settlement mound at Swandro on the island of Rousay.

Information gained from the excavation will enhance our perception of the Iron Age people living in Orkney.

The Iron Age is a time of changing weather patterns and it is hoped that information from the settlement about the arable crops, domestic livestock, fishing and hunting strategies will allow us to examine adaptations to these changes and to chart cultural changes associated with the first contact with Viking settlers in the Medieval warm period of the 9th century AD.

Summer Archaeology Club

The Archaeology department, Orkney College UHI are running a Summer Archeology Club! throughout June and July on Rousay.

Club activities kick off at the end of the school term with the kids from Rousay Primary school getting involved with archaeological work taking place at a Neolithic settlement called Rinyo in the Sourin valley at Bigland.

The kids will be involved in a series of interactive activities and demonstrations in the classroom and on a fieldtrip to the site.

Throughout July club activities are focused around the excavation happening at the Bay of Swandro. Everyone is encouraged to come and get involved with the dig.

Special activity days are planned where you can have a go at digging, survey, and environmental sampling and processing (dates and times to be confirmed).

If you don’t fancy getting your hands dirty you could join us on one of our guided coastal walks, which includes a tour of the excavation (dates and times to be confirmed).

Finally there will be a creative workshop all about Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre places, placenames, folklore and archaeology at the end of July.

Activities have been developed with children in mind (so they will be lots of fun) but will also be of interest to and open to everyone - especially the coastal walks, Swandro excavation activities, and the creative workshop taking place at the end of July.

Look out for a newsletter coming home in the kids school bags detailing what’s going on and when.

Newsletters will also be available from the Eynhallow, Marion's Shop, The Pier Restaurant and The Taversoe.

For up-to-date information about any of these activities between now and the end of July please get in touch with Ally Keir on 01856 569347.

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