Massive power cut across the Highlands, Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland.
Kirkwall now has power and I’m assuming other areas of Orkney have also had their power returned as well as other affected areas.
It was interesting to see the whole of Kirkwall without power, very dark with the heavy clouds here. It also seems to have affected mobile phone signals as well but they seem to have gotten back to normal levels. The power came back on rather fast (about an hour and a half) considering the area affected.
It’s the Orkney College UHI open day tomorrow and the Archaeology Department will be open from 11am - 4pm if anyone wants to pop by and see what’s on offer. The Archaeology Society will be there with a small table showing off what we’ve been up to and what we hope to do in the future. I think there’ll be various lecturers on hand throughout the day as well.
I’ll be there 11am - 3pm to help with the society stuff if anyone Orkney based would like to say hello.
Just gotten back from a lovely trip out the the east Mainland. We visited Dingieshowe to look at the broch (grass covered mound) and the coastal erosion slightly up the coast. We then headed out to Deerness to Newark to look at the medieval chapel remains and the coast erosion of the attached cemetery. There were human remains exposed along parts of the section so it’s highly unlikely I will upload them but I will provide a description when uploading other photos.
It was a really fun trip, with extremely good weather and despite a mishap with the minibus it was great. Hopefully I will have the chance to go on more trips.
by Julie Gibson (Orkney county archaeologist).
A very interesting article on the impact of tourism on Orkney as well as the rise of interest in Orkney due to recent documentaries about the Ness of Brodgar.
“More than half of visitors to Orkney make it their destination based on their interest in our archaeological sites. Furthermore, independent analysis of the economic impact of undertaking archaeology in our very rural community has confirmed what has been suspected for a long while: archaeological tourism is a significant point of growth. The impact of the excavation at the Ness of Brodgar has had a positive, measurable, impact upon the tourism industry here”.
Unfortunately this article doesn’t seem to be available online yet but if you have a hard copy of ‘The Archaeologist’, Spring 2014, published by the IfA (I will add a link once I find one).
Archaeologists who specialize in excavating battlefields are condemning a new television series from National Geographic, saying the program’s approach to digging up the remains of World War II soldiers is unprofessional and borders on the ghoulish.
National Geographic Channel International is defending the four-part series, “Nazi War Diggers,” scheduled to begin in Britain in May. (It has not been scheduled for the United States.) The channel says the work was supervised by licensed authorities in Latvia and Poland, that it was conducted in full view of archaeologists, and that human remains will be repatriated.
But in a statement emailed to its critics on Friday, National Geographic conceded that a video snippet used to publicize the show “did not provide important context about our team’s methodology.” Read more.