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 £100,000 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. 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.
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.