By Bernie Bell
Pics by B&M Bell
In the hope of keeping Orkney archaeology in public awareness, even though the digs can’t happen this year due to – you know what – I previously presented the readers of TON with some of my photos of the Ness of Brodgar archaeology dig through the years….
I then thought I’d do the same for The Cairns – an Iron Age Broch and accompanying settlement on South Ronaldsay.
Some of these images will have appeared previously, in articles about The Cairns in The Orkney News, for example, this one…..
……..some, won’t have.
From an interesting hummock in the land, this site has emerged and risen, year by year, structure by structure, layer by layer.
I lay The Cairns, at your feet………..
We first visited the site in 2017. This photo shows the central area of the Broch, and also gives some idea of its position in the landscape, and its proximity to the sea………
Location, location, location!!!
You might have noticed a centrally placed stone, with a hole in it – here’s a close up………
And….it lines up with the entrance to the souterrain – just…LOOK at it!
Here’s what the diggers are initially faced with…..
…but, if they dig, and scrape, and brush, lightly and ever so carefully, they end up with…….
(to be continued……)