5 August 2016

We are in the heady throes of the fieldwork season in Orkney, and neither of us are near our Stromness base, or our pier, for the day. But strangely enough, we are both still dealing with stone piers. Antonia is out at the Ness of Brodgar, excavating some of the finest Neolithic structures in Britain, many of which survive to 1.5m in height and have stone piers projecting into the centre of the buildings.

Dan is in Kirkwall for the day, excavating test pits in the town’s gardens, looking for remnants of the medieval burgh. An earlier phase of the project revealed a medieval stone pier, projecting into the shoreline of the Peedie (or Peerie) Sea, long since consumed into the town.


Neolithic or Norse, medieval or 19th-century, the affordances of the local stone mean that there are remarkable similarities in the drystone architecture of all periods found across Orkney.

Chris Gee, medieval pier, Kirkwall.jpg        Structure 12_Pier 2811_2015-07-13_9481_

Sunrise                   05.12                                                           Moonrise              08.28

Sunset                    21.26                                                           Moonset                22.07


Low tide         05.27 (0.48m)                         High tide       11.39 (3.37m)

Low tide         17.29 (0.85m)                         High tide       23.51 (3.63m)

Crescent moon


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