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‘The Ness in Rock and Stone’

By Sigurd  Towrie for the UHI Archaeology Institute blog

Orkney International Science Festival talk premieres, Sunday

A selection of polished stone artefacts from the Ness of Brodgar. (Hugo Anderson-Whymark)

On Sunday, September 5, a UHI Archaeology Institute team and colleagues will present The Ness in Rock and Stone – this year’s Dr Raymond Lamb Memorial Lecture. The talk, hosted by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, outlines some of the insights gained from the study of finds from the Neolithic complex.

Dr Martha Johnson highlights the rocks that don’t fit the local geology, and shows clues to their origins, while Dr Ann Clarke looks at the stone tools, their uses and users.

Dr Antonia Thomas will detail the main themes emerging from her research on the carved and incised stones.

The rear face of a large stone with incised decoration from Structure Ten at the Ness of Brodgar. (Dr Antonia Thomas)

The Ness in Rock and Stone premieres online from 5pm until 6pm (BST) and will be available here thereafter.

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