The excavations currently taking place in Palace Village Birsay are revealing substantial walls beneath modern day paths and gardens. The Dig is part of the Mapping Magnus Project.
Birsay was once the ‘capital’ of Medieval Orkney and has an abundance of archaeological layers. Articles on the project can be viewed on The Orkney News website by following the links.
- Digging into Birsay’s Past
- Coastal Survey at Birsay
- Exploring Orkney Archives for Birsay’s Medieval Past
- Mapping Medieval Birsay
This Saturday sees an open day from 10am – 3pm in the village. Come and see for yourself what lies beneath your unsuspecting feet.
The Orkney News went out to have a look on Wednesday. Mind on the wind:
Or watch on YouTube
Birsay Dig 2017
Reporter: Fiona Grahame
Every little bit of Orkney is what Kenny Brophy refers to as a “living storybook”
As the saying goes – scratch the surface, and you’ll find archaeology.
What might be under YOUR garden?