An Update On – And Past Glories Of – The Swandro Dig!

By Bernie Bell

I was going to say that this is the time of year when the Orkney archaeologists start planning for this season’s digs, but I think the truth of it is, that they start planning the next dig as soon as the present dig finishes – as well as doing all the post-excavation work!

Unfortunately, for the last couple of years some of the digs haven’t been able to take place. Last year, the dig at the Ness of Brodgar happened on a more limited scale , but the other two Orkney ‘big digs’ – The Cairns , and Swandro – weren’t possible.

The Ness dig is due to happen this year, and a Newsletter has gone out from the Swandro dig folk letting us know that the diggers should be on site there this summer too!!

Caz Mamwell has put together a review/over-view of the Swandro dig and its finds so far, and if folk want to read up on it in preparation for this year, here’s the newsletter…..

……which features what, for me, is the prize find – the stone which has a Pictish Blacksmith’s handprints on it – I repeat –  A STONE WITH A PICTISH BLACKSMITH’S HANDPRINTS ON IT!

Image courtesy of Swandro-Orkney Coastal Archaeology Trust


There are also the dig diaries to check out and follow….

What might they find this year?

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