By Bernie Bell
I read on the Ness of Brodgar website of the passing of Caroline Wickham-Jones https://www.nessofbrodgar.co.uk/the-passing-of-a-great-archaeologist/. I’m not an archaeologist – could be said to be on the fringes of the Orkney archaeology world, and didn’t know Caroline well, but had some dealings with her.
We had discussions about the skerry across from the Hall of Rendall in light of the possibility of water levels having risen in that area since the Neolithic, and from there we discussed the grassy mounds heading down into Stenness Loch from near Unstan Cairn.
She was interested – that was the thing about her – receptive to ideas from outside Academia, and inside Academia too.
I’m not sure if it’s right for me to write about her, but I would like to say something in appreciation of the fact that she was a very knowledgeable archaeologist, who had time for less knowledgeable non-archaeologists.
She also made weird little felted standing stones, which I said looked like willy-warmers – and she saw the joke.
So, this is just my appreciation of the knowledge, receptiveness, and sense of humour of Caroline Wickham-Jones, written with all good thoughts to her family and friends and those who really did know her.