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Wreckage of WWI-era warship found

The sunken wreckage of the HMS Pheasant has been found off the coast of Orkney's Old Man of Hoy. The destroyer sank on 1 March 1917 after hitting a mine believed to have been laid by a German U-boat. All 89 crew on board were lost. The first view of the wreck

Roman coin found on Orkney island

A Roman coin dating to the 4th-century A.D. has been found in a roundhouse on the island of Rousay. The copper alloy coin was found at the Knowe of Swandro, the location of a Neolithic chambered tomb, Iron Age roundhouses and Pictish buildings. The archaeological site is at risk from coastal erosion. Roman

Pictish cross slab recovered from eroding cliff in Orkney

An 8th-century Pictish cross slab revealed by cliff erosion in Orkney has been recovered. Erosion by the stormy sea surrounding Orkney is always seen as a tangible threat to coastal archaeological sites. This situation is brought home especially during the winter months when high tides and powerful winds combine to batter the

Ancient human arm bone found in Orkney

A human arm bone has been found during excavations of Neolithic buildings in Orkney. He said there were several theories as to who the arm belonged to which would be explored further. The Ness of Brodgar is a new archaeological discovery in Orkney located between the Ring of Brodgar and the Standing

4,000-year-old sauna unearthed in Scotland

A 4,000-year-old building which may have served as a sweat house has been unearthed in Orkney, Scotland. The early analysis work suggested that the building is likely to be a ‘burnt mound’, which generally comprises of a fireplace, water tank and a pile of burnt stone. Through experimentation and reference to

4,000-year-old child’s grave found on Orkney island

The 4,000-year-old remains of a child has been found buried on an Orkney island in Scotland. The grave - which it is believed could be up to 4,000 years old - was uncovered on Sanday's shoreline by winter storms and high tides. It is thought the skeleton could be that of a

Stone Age temple found on Orkney which predates Stonehenge

The discovery of a Stone Age temple complex on Orkney may rewrite the archaeological records of ancient Britain. About 18 months ago, a remarkable rock coloured red, orange and yellow was unearthed. This is the first discovery in Britain of evidence that Neolithic peoples used paint to decorate their buildings. Project manager

1,000 human bones found in Stone Age chamber

Over a thousand human bones have been found in a burial chamber in Orkney. Team leader Dan Lee, projects officer with the Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (Orca), said: "To find 1,000 human bones, and possibly as many as 2,000 - there are still layers and parts of the cell to