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A bronze age Skara Brae - a new discovery at the Links of Noltland



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.




Congratulations to EASE Archaeology

The Links of Noltland wins Best Rescue dig at the Current Archaeology awards ceremony in London

Click here for the full story (takes you to Current Archaeology site)



Heritage Trust publications

 We have a selection of books about Westray available from the Heritage Centre. The most recent is Murdo Bews' War  which is available for £12 + £1.10 p&p. If you want to order a copy, email us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll get back to you. We can accept payment by PayPal.







What's On, Aff, Been in Westray 


The latest edition is now available for purchase from the online sales section.

You have the option to buy a single issue for £1.50, or pay £16.50 in advance for 12 issues.





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