Ness Of Brodgar Archaeology Field School – Deadline December 5, 2023 – THE FINAL SEASON!!!

This listing expired on January 14, 2024. Please contact for any updated information.

Location: Standing Stones of Stenness, Stromness KW16 3JZ, UK

Season: July 13, 2024 to August 17, 2024

Application Deadline: December 5, 2023

Deadline Type: Contact for Details


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Willamette University in cooperation with Orkney College, UHI

Project Director:
Scott Pike

Project Description:

Willamette University is accepting applications for the final season of  the Ness of Brodgar archaeology field school. This will be the final year of excavation for this important Neolithic site in the heart of a UNESCO world heritage site. Through Willamette’s exclusive relationship with Orkney College, University of the Highlands and Islands, students will work with this award winning and internationally recognized excavation that is redefining our understanding of the Late Neolithic world in western Europe. Each excavation season has revealed new and significant information of what is currently believed to be a unique immense multiphased Late Neolithic temple complex at the Ness of Brodgar. The field school provides intensive, on-site training in archaeological methods and techniques and emphasizes a holistic and scientific approach to archaeological inquiry. In addition to daily instruction on excavation theory, technique and recovery, course lectures and fieldwork will emphasize a variety of topics including topographical and geophysical survey techniques, stratigraphy, ceramic typology, geomorphology, paleobotany, and the archaeology and geoarchaeology of the Orkney Islands. Visits to regional archaeological sites, museums and beautiful natural landscapes give students a broad cultural, physical, and historical background of the region. The Willamette program is the only credit-bearing American-based field school at this world-class excavation.

Period(s) of Occupation: Neolithic

Non-Willamette students are welcomed and encouraged to apply. If you are interested in applying please contact Scott Pike at The project was the featured cover story for the August 2014 National Geographic magazine and will be featured in a 3-part series due to air on BBC-TV in January.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full season

Experience Required: All students and majors accepted. No experience required.

Room and Board Arrangements:
All field school participants will be housed at the Browns Hostel in Stromness. The field school rents out a self-catered house so no other lodgers will be present. The hostel includes a fully-stocked kitchen, wifi internet, and laundry facilities. A Co-Op Grocery store is less than a 5 minute walk from the hostel and is open until 10 pm.

Academic Credit:
Four semester credits offered by Willamette University. Tuition is tentatively $5,960.

Contact Information:

Scott Pike

900 State Street, Willamette University




United States

Phone: (150) 370-6587

support Us

The AIA is North America's largest and oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to archaeology. The Institute advances awareness, education, fieldwork, preservation, publication, and research of archaeological sites and cultural heritage throughout the world. Your contribution makes a difference.

Post a Fieldwork Opportunity