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Links of Noltland Open Day celebrates remarkable archaeological season

25 September 2012

The rich archaeological site at Links of Noltland, which continues to offer up remarkable Neolithic artefacts, will be the focus of an Historic Scotland Open Day this Saturday, September 29th.

Celebrating the end of this season’s archaeological fieldwork on Westray, Orkney, the free event is a chance for visitors to see the Links first hand via guided tours, including a visit to the recently excavated Neolithic structure of Grobust House and surrounding Bronze Age settlement,.

All three of the Noltland figurines will be on display in Westray Heritage Centre – the most recent of which was unveiled this summer, alongside a free exhibition on Neolithic Westray designed by the island’s school students.

Senior Archaeologist at Historic Scotland, Richard Strachan said: “This Open Day is a fantastic opportunity to see the completed excavation of the Grobust house - Westray’s ‘Skara Brae’.

“The unprecedented finds of two further figurines, alongside the exhibition and guided tours of the Links, make this a must-see event.”

The tours will be given by Historic Scotland’s Ranger Service, between 10am and 4pm. For more details, please contact Orkney Rangers, on 01856 841732.

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