“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
Some very large whale species were sourced for tools, vessels and equipment during the Iron Age.
“The exhibits were a good example of the ‘human’ side of archaeological excavations. “
The Cairns broch and village at Windwick, South Ronaldsay, is rising from the earth, year by year.
Midhowe Broch cared for by Historic Environment Scotland, is free to visit and well worth the effort to get to.
“In the midst of great change they still need the security and comfort on calling on tradition.” Martin Carruthers Archaeology Institute Orkney College UHI
“Perhaps archaeologists have been guilty of overplaying the scarcity of wood in Scotland’s Northern Isles.”
On Sunday (today) there will be a guided tour at 11am of the Broch of Gurness, now becoming increasingly popular as a tourist site.
Some of the jewellery produced was of extremely high quality
This was a time of great social change in Northern Scotland