WEDNESDAY 8th MAY, 7.30 pm , St. Magnus Centre, Kirkwall, Entry Free, All welcome.
The OAS is hosting a talk by the Historic Scotland scheduling team entitled “No One Cares for Bloody Us” : Orkney’s Military and Naval heritage and the role of Historic Scotland.
WEDNESDAY 15th MAY, 7.30 pm , St. Magnus Centre, Kirkwall, Entry Free, All welcome.
The OAS is hosting a talk by the Historic Scotland Scheduling team entitled “My Career in Ruins” : The work of Historic Scotland’s Scheduling Team in Orkney
Call for Experienced excavation volunteers, SMERQUOY EXCAVATION 11th to 25th May.
Professor Colin Richards of Manchester University is directing a new exploratory excavation of a potential Neolithic settlement site at SMERQUOY between Saturday 11th May and Friday 24th May.
There are places available for a small number of OAS volunteers with previous excavation experience to join the excavation team .The team apologises but due to the short duration of the excavation it is not possible for the team to train inexperienced volunteers in the time available. If you would like to take part in this project please contact Christopher Gee by email
The Smerquoy excavation's BLOG is HERE
FRIDAY 24th MAY , 7.30 pm , St. Magnus Centre, Kirkwall, Entry Free
Seventy members of the Norwegian Archaeological Society are visiting Orkney. The OAS is hosting a Social evening on Friday 24th May to welcome the Norwegian Society to Orkney. All members are invited to attend.
There will be two short talks, one by NICK CARD, OAS Chairman, on Orkney’s Archaeology, and another by Egil Mikkelsen, who is Professor emeritus at the University of Oslo and has been the director of the University Museum of Cultural History (which includes the Viking Ships Museum), and who is also General Secretary of the Norwegian Archaeology Society. His talk will be entitled "''A Historical Survey of Norwegian Archaeology"
Refreshments will be provided. This is a rare opportunity to meet our Norwegian counterparts and hear how others pursue their interest in archaeology.
FRIDAY 24th May 5.pm Orkney College Lecture theatre, Entry Free, then SATURDAY 25th MAY for 4 to six weeks ,
“Digital Dwelling at Skara Brae. A collaborative project in Archaeological Investigation”
The Skara Brae exhibition is officially coming home to Skara Brae for the summer! A film and exhibition is being installed for a 6-8 week run in the Old Ticket office onsite at Skara Brae.
In addition to the exhibition, on Friday the 24th May at 5pm a talk will be given about the project at the Orkney College UHI in Kirkwall - where cakes will of course be provided to further enhance your enjoyment of the presentation.
WEDNESDAY 29th May , 7.30 pm , St. Magnus Centre, Kirkwall All Welcome . Entry Free, Donations Welcome.
Karen Hardy, Research Professor at the Catalan Research Institute, Barcelona & an Honorary Research Associate, York University and recipient of of a recent OAS grant will present a talk
“New ways to track old habits; dental calculus and what's inside it.”
A look inside Neolithic mouths from the Near East to Orkney & what dental plaque says about the diet of early farmers.