The Heritage Centre is closed for the winter season and will open with the new Viking exhibition in May.
Discovery of a new ritual building at Links of Noltland: A Bronze Age 'Skara Brae'
The most recent discovery and one of the most remarkable to date is that of an almost complete and very rare Bronze Age ritual building. The building is encased within a stony mound. Standing less than 5m from the coast edge, the mound has lost all of its vegetation cover in the last 2 -3 years and is now eroding away very rapidly.
Work in May this year revealed an almost perfectly preserved well house with a stairway leading down to 2.5m deep cistern.The current excavation is investigating an associated building which is entirely encased inside the mound and would originally have been entered via a doorway in the side of the mound, and then along a narrow stone passage, some 10m long. The main chamber was dominated by a large tank, set into the floor, around which four roofed cells provided accommodation. This part of the building survives to the level of the roof, although the central roof had collapsed inwards in antiquity, possibly as the result of a massive sandstorm. With the interior becoming engulfed with sand, the building was not subsequently disturbed and was found with two intact BA pots set over the filled in interior- possibly placed there as a votive offering.
Feasting may well have figured large, other possibilities include use as a sweat-lodge / sauna are also likely.
This was the 2014 exhibition
The Great War – Some of Westray's memories
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Congratulations to EASE Archaeology
The Links of Noltland wins Best Rescue dig at the Current Archaeology awards ceremony in London
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A third figurine was found at the Links of Noltland dig.
Left to right we have the Orkney Venus, then the second find the incomplete figurine, and then the latest discovery (some call it the Grobust Grandad), found at the Grobust site close by the sea.
This is the Grobust site where the figurine was found.
Click HERE to go directly to the Historic Scotland web site announcement.