By Team Swandro, Mar 8 2018 03:36PM
Can't believe it's March already and Spring is just around the corner – although with some of the recent snowy weather that's hard to believe! Here in Orkney we've been lucky and it's been fairly calm weather, although a bit chilly: important since it's the big winter gales that do the most catastrophic damage to the coastal archaeology. This is getting worse: for example Skara Brae has just been named by Historic Environment Scotland in a list of sites threatened with climate change – the list didn't include our site at Swandro, they were dealing only with the sites that have been excavated and are in state care. Although Skara Brae is protected by a seawall the coastal erosion is continuing around the site, and even building that seawall in the 1920s was a major undertaking that you'd not get the funding for today, as you can see in this contemporary photo by Tom Kent (© and courtesy Orkney Photographic Archive, as are all the other Skara Brae photos below):
Thinking about the sea wall prompted me to have a look at some more of the Tom Kent photos of Skara Brae, they show a side of the excavation that you don’t usually see.