The American Friends of the Ness of Brodgar Inc. - supporting the ongoing excavation at the Ness of Brodgar, Orkney cent logi BUYTHEBOOK



The Ness of Brodgar is an archaeological excavation covering an area of 2.5 hectares at the Heart of the Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site, in Scotland. It has revealed a well preserved and sophisticated complex of monumental stone buildings enclosed by walls that are 6 metres thick; built and occupied by people over 5,000 years ago. The Ness has produced decorated and painted stonework unlike any other site. Its architecture is unique and it has given us evidence for stone-tiled roofing as never previously understood.


Excavation on this scale is expensive. Each season in the field costs over $200,000 and generates much more again in post excavation costs during the rest of the year. The American Friends of the Ness of Brodgar, Inc. is  a registered United States tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charity. Our primary aim is to foster public awareness of the Ness and to fund this excavation into the future.


If you attended the Secrets of the Ness of Brodgar presentation on director Nick Card' sUSA tour, please support our ongoing work with a contribution to American Friends of the Ness of Brodgar. These monies will go directly to the work at the Ness. All contributions are tax deductible. Please help us to provide  financial support for the archaeological excavation and research being conducted at this internationally acclaimed 5,000 year old Neolithic complex. We appreciate your support !



The Ness is a  massive Neolithic walled enclosure that contains numerous well preserved monumental stone buildings on an unparalleled scale –best known from its media coverage as Orkney’s 'Neolithic Cathedral’. It lies at the heart of one of the richest archaeological landscapes in the world, the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site (WHS) between the great stone circles of the Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness, and in close proximity to Maeshowe, the finest Neolithic tomb in Northern Europe.


We work in partnership with our sister charity, the Ness of Brodgar Trust   For more information please download our flyer


Looking south down the Ness of Brodgar with the dig in the foreground - thanks to Jim Richardson for this stunning photo