(and other useful sources of information – prices may vary)
General and highly recommended to start with:
Rising Tides: The Loss of Coastal Heritage in Orkney, by Julie Gibson £15.00
Orkney – A Historical Guide by Caroline Wickham-Jones, £9.99
Monuments of Orkney: A Visitor’s Guide by Caroline Wickham-Jones, £8.99
Between the Wind and the Water: World Heritage Orkney by Caroline Wickham-Jones, £20.00
The New History of Orkney by William P. L. Thomson, £17.99
Ness of Brodgar Guide, £6.00 and available direct from the Ness of Brodgar Trust website: http://www.nessofbrodgar.co.uk/
HMS Hampshire: a Century of Myths and Mysteries Unravelled by various, £25.00
All the above and many of the books below are available from www.orcadian.co.uk/shop
Mesolithic Lives in Scotland by Graeme Warren 2005
ScARF ScARF Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Panel Report freely available on the web-site: http://www.scottishheritagehub.com/content/palaeolithic-mesolithic-panel-report
The Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site. Research Agenda, Downes, J, Foster S. M. and Wickham Jones C. R. 2005 (eds). Edinburgh: Historic Scotland. Downloadable from www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/orkneyresearch
Dwelling among the monuments: An examination of the Neolithic village of Barnhouse, Maeshowe passage grave and surrounding monuments at Stenness, Orkney by Colin Richards, 2003, McDonald Institute Monographs.
Building the Great Stone Circles of the North, Colin Richards (ed.), 2014, Oxford: Windgather Press.
Between the Tomb and Cist, The funerary monuments of Crantit, Kewing and Nether Onstan by Beverly Ballin Smith.
Tomb of the Eagles: Death and Life in a Stone Age Tribe Hedges, J. 1990, New Amsterdam Books, £19.99.
Art and Architecture in Neolithic Orkney: Process, Temporality and Context by AntoniaThomas, 2016, Oxford: Archaeopress
ScARF Neolithic period Panel Report freely available on the web-site: http://www.scottishheritagehub.com/content/scarf-neolithic-panel-report
Neolithic and Bronze Age Scotland by Patrick Ashmore Batsford/Historic Scotland
ScARF Bronze Age Panel Report freely available on the web-site: http://www.scottishheritagehub.com/content/scarf-bronze-age-panel-report
Towers in the North: The Brochs of Scotland by Ian Armit
Celtic Scotland Batsford/Historic Scotland by Ian Armit
Bu, Gurness and the Brochs of Orkney (three volumes) by John Hedges
ScARF Iron Age Panel Report freely available on the web-site: http://www.scottishheritagehub.com/content/iron-age-panel-report
The Prehistory of Orkney, Colin Renfrew, C. (ed.) ,1985, Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh.
Prehistoric Orkney by Anna Ritchie, Batsford/Historic Scotland: London.
Picts, Gaels and Scots 2014 (new edition) by Sally Foster Batsford/Historic Scotland
The Picts by Anna Ritchie, 1996 HMSO
ScARF Medieval Panel Report freely available on the web-site: http://www.scottishheritagehub.com/content/medieval
Orkneyinga Saga, Palsson H and Edwards P, 1981, Penguin Books, London.
The Viking Age in Caithness, Orkney and the North Atlantic, Batey C E, Jesch J and Morris C D (eds) 1993, Edinburgh, 2nd Edn.
‘Orkney’s Things’ by Sarah Jane Gibbon in Things in the Viking World, O. Owen (ed), 2012, Shetland Amenity Trust, Lerwick, pp.80-93.
Maritime Societies of the Viking and Medieval World, Barrett, J. H. and Gibbon, S. J. (ed) (2015), Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph 37, Maney Publishing.
‘The Church in the Orkney Earldom’ by Gibbon, S. J. (2012), in H. Þorláksson and Þ. B. Sigurðardóttir (eds) From Nature to Script Reykholt, Environment, Centre, and Manuscript Making, Snorrastofa, Reykholt, pp.165-184.
Modern and Wartime
(There are a wealth of books, too numerous to list here, dealing with the later history of Orkney. While much of this history is told using written references, archaeology places an increasing large place. There is a good selection here: www.orcadian.co.uk/shop)
Orkney Land and People by William P. L Thompson, covering the period from the Viking age to the 20th century, Orkney Land and People focuses on the day-to-day life of ordinary Orcadian folk.
Websites about Archaeology in Orkney
UHI Archaeology Institute at Orkney College runs a Master in Archaeological Practice, a Masters in Archaeological Studies and BA (Hons) degree courses in Archaeology, Scottish History and Archaeology, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, and Archaeology and Cultural Studies.
Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology – provides commercial and research archaeological services.
Orkneyjar – A wonderful source for information about the ancient history, folklore and traditions of Orkney. Includes the daily Ness of Brodgar excavation Blog during the excavation season.
The ‘Thing’ Project – Northern Periphery Programme ‘Thing’ site, the Viking Cradle of Democracy very relevant to understanding Viking Orkney with a programme of Free public lectures.
Scapa Flow Landscape Partnership – A site packed with information on the unique heritage to be found in around the waters surrounding Orkney’s southern isles.
Tomb of The Eagles, Orkney – The Tomb of the Eagles, or Isbister Chambered Cairn, 5000 year old stone age tomb, South Ronaldsay, Orkney.
Facebook: Orkney Archaeology Society