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  • Ness of Brodgar Str 12

  • Skara Brae (Maia C http://www.flickr.com/photos/maiac/)
  • Stones of Stennes (Liminae http://www.flickr.com/photos/84523210@N00/)
  • Ring of Brodgar - Dig (wereegian http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickrwegian/)
  • Ness of Brodgar Structure 12 from OAS Hexacopter (A. Artymiuk)
  • OAS Members visit the Cairns Excavation, South Ronaldsay (A. Artymiuk)
  • The Dwarfie Stane, Hoy . Photo by Karen Coshof and Michael Taylor, from Montreal


UHI Archaeology Institute dig dates for 2018 published

Seven sites will be open in Orkney this year including the two listed below.

Ness of Brodgar dig dates for 2018 are 2 July to 24 August.

If you would like to help OAS at the Ness shop and meet and greet as well as car park help we would be grateful for any time you can spare. The shop raises a considerable amount each year to help keep the Ness dig running as well as helping out other Archaelogy projects in Orkney. Come and help us.

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The Cairns dig dates for 2018 are 18th June to 13th of July

If you would like to volunteer to help at the Cairns we have an application form for all prospective volunteers to fill out so we can check on health issues for insurance purposes, just email us for details.

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Young Archaeologists Club Orkney Need Volunteers! 

A new club is starting up for young people between 8 - 15 who would like to get involved in archaeology in Orkney. They are looking for people to help with the running of this club, if you think this is you please visit the VAO web site here 




Welcome to the website of the Orkney Archaeology Society. We are a charity registered in Scotland (SC030611) which developed from the Friends of Orkney Archaeological Trust - click here for the history.

If you would like to support the work of the OAS please make a donation by visiting our donation   page , or consider becoming a member of the society.

The OAS supports the ongoing work at the Ness of Brodgar, more information about the dig can be found at the websites of the Ness of Brodgar Trust and the American Friends of the Ness of Brodgar Inc 


The aims of Orkney Archaeology Society are:

  • to support the management and development of Orkney's archaeological & historical resource by charitable means;

and in furtherance thereof

  • to serve the interests of the membership of the Society and the general public by providing information on archaeology and archaeological activity in Orkney through publications, meetings, conferences, exhibitions, projects and other activities and events.

We organise a programme of talks on the work going on in archaeology in Orkney, and we also host an exciting programme of lecture by visiting speakers - all of which are free and open to everyone.  See the Calendar or the News Blog rfor current information on upcoming events.  We publish a newsletter for our members to keep our widely scattered membership up to date with current work and ideas.  We have a publication of our own on the work done at Mine Howe and act as distributors for Rising Tides, by the county archaeologist Julie Gibson - A new edition 'Rising Tides Revisited' was published in July 2012.

We provide grants to archaeological projects in Orkney - although we usually have far more applications than we can possibly fund.

On an annual basis since 2007, we award the Daphne Lorimer Bursary to a student on the Masters in Archaeological Practice course run by Orkney College – this bursary covers the fees of a student who has gained a place on the course by academic merit but would otherwise be unable to raise the funds to take up the place. 

Since 2008, we award the Judith Robertson Memorial Prize at graduation to a student from the Masters course.

The Society is run according to our Constitution by our management committee




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