Links of Noltland is a large prehistoric site located on the north coast of the small island of Westray in Orkney. Excavations have been underway here for 10 years, carried out on behalf of Historic Environment Scotland (the lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment). The site comprises Neolithic and Bronze Age remains, including houses, middens, a cemetery and field systems. The site is complex but also very rich in finds. Pottery and stone and bone tools are very common, as is animal bone and shell.
The work is taking place because the site is under threat from erosion and the aim is to recover as much information as possible via excavation before it is too late and to present the results through publication. I thought that as part of the Day of Archaeology we would show the range of activities which were carried out over one day on site this year. There is also a facebook page for anyone who would like to follow progress on site over the next few weeks.