The wind and snow today in mainland Orkney today (05.12.2013).
You actually see my old house on this at one point. It’s a shame it doesn’t pass my current house, despite the road being a main route through central Kirkwall it’s covered in snow and I haven’t even seen a gritter attempt to clear it. Not sure if the cool temperature has an affect on the lack of gritter but either way the council workers are going to have a problem getting into the car park tomorrow.
It seems there’s a storm about to hit Orkney.
Recycling collection is cancelled in some areas, there are no Lewick-Aberdeen/Aberdeen-Lewick calls at all tonight or tomorrow and many clubs and events (including the Orkney archeaology society christmas doo) have been cancelled. I also hear, what I suspect to be my wheely bin to be taking off down the road.
Looks set to be a fun start to the weekend tomorrow. If anyone wants to be up to date with events in Orkney I suggest BBC Radio Orkney facebook page.
The birthplace of the Buddha has been found in Nepal, revealing that the origins of Buddhism date to the sixth century B.C., according to archaeologists. What’s more, evidence of tree roots at the birth site reinforce the mythology of Buddha’s birth under a tree.
The excavations took place within the already sacred Maya Devi Temple at Lumbini, Nepal, a UNESCO World Heritage site long thought to have been the Buddha’s birthplace.
The archaeological team dug under a series of brick temples at the site and unearthed a previously unknown sixth-century B.C. timber structure. It is described in the latest issue of the journal Antiquity. Read more.
Another advantage of being a student at UHI Orkney College is that some of the lectures undertake excavation outwith Orkney. Keir Strickland has done work on this project and is a joint author on a new paper about this project that you can find here.
Hi! First things first; I love your blog. :) I'm from Orkney, and i aspire to be an archaeologist when i leave school. I love all the stuff you post about archaeology around Orkney. I was wondering if you've been down to The Ness of Brodgar? I've dug down there a couple of times, and it's just brilliant. If you haven't already been, you should totally check it out next summer. :) Also, as someone who's still deciding what Uni to go to, how is the Archaeology course down at the college? :)
Asketh - owlwithafringe
Hi, I’m so glad you like my blog, it’s been a little sparse recently but once winters over it should pick up again. This is going to be an extremely long answer, I think I went a bit OTT.
Once again I will not be on tumblr for a little while, our modem has packed in and we’re not sure how soon a replacement can arrive or if our provider will even send out a replacement.
I’m on my universities internet right now but it’s rather slow so I won’t be able to upload any pictures or anything until we’re reconnected at home.
St Magnus Cathedral and an organ player (I think it’s an organ), I happened to be in the cathedral today (23.10.2013) taking pictures when suddenly he started to play. The video doesn’t do the sound any justice.