By Bernie Bell

I signed up to get sent posts from the UHI blog –  this one has appeared…..

….and I said…”YAY”! 

Then I thought – how can I publicize this in TON?  I decided that the best idea would be to simply remind folk of developments so far at The Cairns. There have been plenty of posts in ‘The Orkney News’ about it, as it’s so full of interest……

Here are links to some of those posts…..

The excavation at the Iron Age site at The Cairns, South Ronaldsay, is the subject of the next talk hosted by the Orkney Archaeology Society.


It is a period of stability and change, explained Martin Carruthers, it is generational with its rhythms and routines.

“Beads!!!!! The Cairns excavation is showing just how much our Iron Age ancestors liked ornament, either for themselves, or their living space………”

“From an interesting hummock in the land, this site has emerged and risen, year by year, structure by structure, layer by layer.”

“This research helps us to recognise the significant role that the treatment of the fin whale had in the dramatic procedures of deliberately ending of the monumental broch.” – Martin Carruthers

Our Dancing Floor is covered/The Well of Wishes – sealed.

The Cairns broch and village at Windwick, South Ronaldsay, is rising from the earth, year by year.

The Extraordinary Closure of the Cairns Broch

There are more – but I don’t want to over-egg the pudding.

If you’d like to be kept up to date with what’s happening at The Cairns, and with Orkney Archaeology in general, you could sign up to get the UHI blog sent to you, too.

It’s most excellent.

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