“Jim visited the Tomb of the Eagles at Isbister Farm in South Ronaldsay, where, in the Visitor Centre, he was given eagle talons from the cairn to hold, and he thought….”These talons flew.””
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 was a clear, sunny day in mid-October and we wanted to be somewhere up, to look about us – so combining Cuween and Wideford seemed like a good idea.”
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.”
“Two of us enter/on hands and knees”
“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
“The cairn has all sorts in it – a stone with a fossil, which we found on a beach. We don’t know what the fossil is, but it’s a bit of deep time, there, in our cairn.”
“On the evening of Thursday the 28th October the sea and sky of the Bay of Hinderayre turned pink – not bright pink but a deep, strong pink.”