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About us

Our charitable aims are to advance education, heritage and culture for people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of capability from anywhere in the world through the pursuit of archaeological activities, in the widest possible ways, at Swandro and its environs by:


  • encouraging and providing opportunities to learn about the heritage and archaeology of Swandro and its environs;          


  • encouraging and providing opportunities to become involved in archaeological activities at Swandro and its environs;        


  • offering a range of activities, including without limitation: public lectures; exhibitions; tours; visits; summer schools and work experience opportunities and public participation, in a volunteer capacity, in the widest possible range of archaeological techniques and tasks, all in pursuit of the widest possible understanding of, interest in and development of the archaeological work at Swandro and its environs;  


  • facilitating the publication of the results of and the maintenance of the records of archaeological activities carried out in relation to Swandro and its environs;                          


  • facilitating the promotion of the preservation of and public display of the collections of archaeological artefacts and ecofacts, obtained from Swandro and its environs;


  • working with other organisations and individuals, including schools and universities to further the aims of the organisation; and  


  • serving Swandro and its environs by an active involvement in its future excavation and presentation.


The aerial photograph below shows the extent of the site as uncovered so far, but also shows the damage to the outer wall of the chambered tomb on the right and how close the Atlantic comes.


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This amazing photograph by Robert Friel shows the eroding chambered tomb at the Knowe of Swandro to the right & the Pictish & Iron Age structures to the left OUR CONSTITUTION OUR TRUSTEES OUR SUPPORTERS Check our charity status on the website of the Scottish Charity Regulator

The Swandro - Orkney Coastal Archaeology Trust is a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registered number: SC047002) established to work alongside the other supporters of the Swandro excavation and environs,  and is managed by a board of unpaid charity trustees.


The Trust aims to respond to the finite resource of Orkney’s coastal heritage that is being destroyed by the sea. Due to global warming, the effects of climate change and melting polar ice is promoting higher sea levels and changing weather systems, which is exacerbating an existing problem. The coastline of Westness on the Island of Rousay has a particular series of vulnerable sites.  The Knowe of Swandro, Rousay forms the immediate focus for the Trust due to the devastating effect of coastal erosion on the archaeology at the Knowe of Swandro.