As you will know if you've been to Orkney, or if you've watched one of Ola's videos - like this one from the summer: Ola at the Ness of Brodgar dig - you'll know that the islands are stuffed with fascinating ancient history.  But did you know that Orkney is also home to a leading research and teaching Archaeology Insitute, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)? Their blog is an invaluable treasure trove of the latest news about Orkney's latest digs, discoveries and debates.  It's also a great place to keep up to speed with the many...
We received a lovely email yesterday, from archaeologist Alexandra 'Lekky' Shepherd, who had been visiting Orkney to attend a conference.  She popped into our shop on Broad Street, The Longship, and enjoyed what she saw very much.  Except for one thing!  We'll let her explain: "I noticed that the little information card for the Westray pendant and ring was wrong. They are not based on the Pierowall spiral stone discovered in 1981 as it says, but on a piece of pottery discovered in the earlier excavations at Links of Noltland in 1980 (some time before the present campaign of digging began). "I...
Once again the Ness of Brodgar is entrancing and mystifying us. And no one is more entranced than Ola, who allowed us to film her reactions to the site on her first visit this year.  Talk about good timing: as she watched, a very special flint arrowhead was discovered! Take a look at the video below to find out how the treasures of our past have inspired this collection of beautiful, modern jewellery designs. About the Ness of Brodgar The annual dig, at what has been described as ‘the most important archaeological site in western Europe,’ is underway for another...
    Discover. In 2003, Arnie and Ola Tait asked a local farmer to plough the field next to their house at Brodgar.  Set a bit deeper than previous years, the plough unearthed an impressive carved slab, and the archaeologists were called in to have a look.  What seemed at first a single ancient grave turned out – over 13 years of excavation – to be one of the most significant Neolithic sites in Western Europe.  Ola had spent her life as a designer exploring her Norse and Celtic heritage, as well as the imagery of famous Neolithic sites like...