Sunday, 18 August 2019 – The Ness of Brodgar, and RSPB The Loons and The Listening Wall

The Ness of Brodgar is contains a number of houses and is closely associated with many of the sites of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney which was inscribed as a World Heritage site in December 1999. ( [The Wikipedia article has a good discussion of the various structures that have been excavated.])

The day we visited was the open house which is held just before the end of the annual dig season. The archeologists give talks and answer questions about the various excavations. In addition, there are demonstrations of the technologies that were used by the inhabitants. It was fascinating to see the dig and hear the theories about what has been found and what the experts thought it meant.

The website for the dig has an entry about the day:

Dig Diary – Sunday, August 18, 2019

18th August 2019, 6:18 pm

Day Thirty-Five

Sunshine and crowds at the Ness

Our second and final ‘Special Sunday’ open day of the season took place today, with over 1,000 visitors recorded at the excavation site alone.

Read more and see their photos:

Everyone can support the digs at the Ness of Brodgar by sponsoring a square meter of the dig. You will receive updates on the dig and special notification when anything interesting is found.

Sponsor-a-square update…

14th October 2019, 8:13 am

A vital part of our annual fundraising is the site sponsor-a-square, which runs each year during the summer excavation.

The results from all the sponsored squares are emailed out to their sponsors once we’ve finished collating all the data. We’ve got thousands of finds to tally up and allocate to each individual trench square.


The good news is that it’s looking promising that we’ll be back on site next year but, as ever, it all depends on fundraising.

Here are some of my photos of the day:

The area around the Ness is filled with Neolithic monuments besides the Ring of Brodgar:

In addition to the archeology talks, there were examples of ‘Neolithic’ sheep:

A demonstration of the building techniques used at the Ness:

And the location has beauty and wildlife:

Mute swans:

After leaving the Ness of Brodgar we went to the Listening Wall which “collects” sound from a valley and lets visitors hear the sounds of nature clearly. The Listening Wall is part of the RSPB The Loons:

The Loons also has a hide for watching birds just down the road. As we got out of car to go in, I looked up and spotted this:

While in the hide we saw various ducks (probably females of some dabbing duck species):


Swallows were dipping into the pond:

Clover and reeds at the sites:

On the way back to the hotel we saw the Stones of Stenness from a different direction

At the hotel Dino and Ralph enjoyed the sunset:

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