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Archaeology Scotland

Digging for gold? Or just looking. There’s a rich and vast seam of history running the length and breadth of Scotland. Many archaeological remains lie off the beaten track, waiting to be discovered, while our most valuable and famous monumental attractions stand tall, protected by the state. Why not witness history brought to life in one of our visitor centres, or go to a dig and watch history unfold before you.

activity highlights

April - September, Orkney

Strikingly positioned beside Eynhallow Sound with views across to the island of Rousay, the Broch of Gurness (Aikerness Broch) is one of the most outstanding surviving examples of a later prehistoric (Iron-Age) settlement that is unique to northern Scotland.

Mid June - September, Birsay

Birsay is a tidal island with Pictish and Viking settlements which include some of the finest examples of Norse hall-houses so far found in Scotland.

April to September, Angus:

The Aberlemno Sculptured Stones are a magnificent range of Pictish sculptured stones found in and around the village of Aberlemno.

Year-round, Central Belt:

Nearly 2,000 years ago, the Antonine Wall was the north-west frontier of the Roman Empire.

Year-round, Orkney:

Although small by Maeshowe’s standards, the Cuween cairn is nonetheless an impressive feat of prehistoric engineering.

Year-round, Rousay:

Constructed and used between 200BC and 200AD, Midhowe Broch is perhaps the most impressive broch in the Orkney Isles.

Year round, Orkney:

A recently rediscovered Iron Age chamber and the subject of two Time Team programmes.

Year-round, Orkney:

A late Neolithic circle of 27 upright stones and one of the finest stone circles anywhere, this great henge monument is situated on the Ness of Brodgar, a short distance away from the Stones of Stenness.

Open year-round, Stromness

Come and see the best preserved prehistoric village in Northern Europe.

Year-round, Shetland

Jarlshof provides an insight into the way of life of the inhabitants at particularly interesting periods – the late Bronze Age, Iron Age, Pictish era, Norse era and the Middle Ages.

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