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.”
“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.”
“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
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