The site, which is also recorded as Cutter’s Tuo, consists of a rounded, grassy mound with numerous stones protruding from the surface.
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.
Professor Jane Downes (left), director of the UHI Archaeology Institute, along with the other winners at Saturday’s Current Archaeology awards in London.
Voting has opened in the 2023 Current Archaeology Awards.
“It’s remarkable to be able to reach back and solve a problem” The Cairns Broch Continues To Answer & Raise Questions
Analysis of a woman’s jawbone deposited outside The Cairns Broch, Orkney, around AD200 has shown that seafood was major part of her diet.
“The site, which was in use from the Norse period until the 19th century, is also the home to a large Norse hall.”
“The Cairns is so very important archeologically.”
We’re sorry to announce that, due to unforeseen circumstances, this summer’s excavation at The Cairns has been cancelled.
The next – FREE – on-line seminar, entitled ‘A great show-off: Carving as an expression of self in the runic inscriptions of Maeshowe’ will be on Friday April the 29th, when Dr Karen Langsholt Holmqvist will present her research on medieval runic graffiti.
“The most recent, at the Knap of Howar on Papay Westray, has been particularly interesting as it has given the archaeologists on site an opportunity to view a midden deposit eroding on to the shore.”