Monday 27th February 2017,
Frontiers Magazine

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Sunset at 11pm just before longest day (Marion Muir)

Standing stone holds clues to early Orcadians

It stands in an open field in North Ronaldsay that slopes to the sea, down from the Old Kirk with its fine belltower, and you can stand in its lee in the wind and the sun and look out across the water to other islands in the distance. It’s a slab of stone about 13 [...]

April 20, 2015 Howie Firth Archaeology & History Comments Off
Exterior view with Barley

Maeshowe on the internet

Go to maeshowe.co.uk for live winter coverage from the Maeshowe webcams. Maeshowe (HY315128), considered to be one of the greatest architectural achievements of Neolithic Europe, is Orkney’s largest and finest chambered cairn. The Orkneyinga Saga refers to it as Orkahaugr (ON Mound of the Orks). The name Maeshowe may derive from ON Maers-howe, Maiden’s Mound. [...]

August 17, 2013 Charles Tait Archaeology & History Comments Off
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The Norse town of Kirkwall

Evan MacGillivray, who died in 1987, is often described as the father of Orkney’s Library and Archive Service. The Kirkwall Library is the oldest public library in Scotland, with its origins going back to 1683, and as County Librarian after World War II Evan MacGillivray was responsible for introducing many of the core features of [...]

July 6, 2013 Evan MacGillivray Archaeology & History Comments Off
Adele studies how the hood was made

Touching the past

Known as the ‘Orkney Hood’, a unique woollen garment made for a child over 1500 years ago, was recently the focus of an activity day in an Orkney School. Pupils from P3 and P4 classes at St Andrews School in East Mainland, close by the site where the woven hood was found in a bog [...]

June 30, 2013 Lynda Aiano Archaeology & History Comments Off
Sunrise at Brodgar

Sunrise at Brodgar

It happened with the tenth issue of the Orkney Telephone Directory; a very good photograph of the double stone (the only double stone) at the ring of Brodgar was on the cover. As it lay in front of me I suddenly thought the sight line enclosed by the stone pointed in the direction of sunrise [...]

March 1, 2013 Peter K.I. Leith Archaeology & History 0
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On earth as it is in heaven – was Orion linked to Orkney’s Neolithic heartland?

If there is one constellation that dominates an Orkney winter, it must surely be Orion. Even to those not remotely interested in astronomy, this pattern of stars is one of the most striking and recognisable in the night sky. Four bright stars form an hourglass shape around Orion’s “belt” – a band of three stars [...]

March 1, 2013 Sigurd Towrie Archaeology & History 0