The rocks of Bay of Skaill represent sediments of the Old Red Sandstone which were deposited in the Devonian geological time period, about 380 million years ago.
On Friday June 30th the archaeological dig at The Cairns in South Ronaldsay held an Open Day, giving the public a valuable opportunity to view the current work and to hear about the discoveries that have been made to date.
Brochs are incredible structures, built by the people in the Iron Age who lived in Scotland. These unique buildings of dry stone construction once towered across our landscape.
“Next job is to put all that sand in those decaying sand bags over our path to even it out a bit and bed all the stones in.”
After a pause of two years the archaeology dig at The Cairns, Windwick, South Ronaldsay, is set to happen again!!
“The roof was the most complicated bit to put together – but now the Broch of Gorseness is complete! “
“Martin Carruthers is The Man With The Plan at The Cairns archaeology dig in Orkney. “
“If we could take you back in time, to two thousand years ago, you would witness a very different Scotland.”
“watching the snow and the neighbours sheep sheltering from it by a good solid stone shed”
“Mike has finished the stone work on the Broch of Gorseness………Now for the roof……..”