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Archaeology in action with Orkney Rangers

29 July 2008

The rangers at the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site are hosting special tours in August where visitors will have the opportunity to see archaeology in action at the Ness of Brodgar.

A team from Orkney College and Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology have returned for their third year to the Ness of Brodgar where work continues to uncover this fascinating settlement.

Elaine Clarke, Historic Scotland ranger, said;

“The site at Ness of Brodgar is fantastic and it’s very exciting to see the latest excavations taking place.

“We are really looking forward to seeing some of the site’s mysteries unravelled and to sharing the discoveries with visitors.”

The tours at the Ness of Brodgar are at 11.00 with the a member of the team and 15.00 with the rangers. These will take place Monday to Friday throughout August.

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  • The Orkney World Heritage Site ranger service can be contacted on 01856 841 732.

  • Historic Scotland is responsible for 36 properties in Orkney ranging from the Broch of Gurness to the Knap of Howar and the Hackness Martello Tower and Battery.

  • The World Heritage site rangers are part of Historic Scotland’s network of rangers – there are also services at Holyrood Park and Linlithgow Peel.

  • Every year, Historic Scotland stages an extensive annual programme of events at its properties in care, with the aim of bringing history to life in an entertaining and informative way.  For details visit

  • Members can get free entry to all daytime events, plus unlimited entry to over 70 historic properties throughout Scotland. Prices start from £38 a year.

  • Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys and Skara Brae. For information visit

  • Historic Scotland’s mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

For further information

Rebecca Hamilton
Marketing and Media Manager
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8685 / 07788 923871