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This gigantic piece of pottery, around 50cm long from base to rim, was discovered outside Structure 12 at the Ness of Brodgar. It is extremely fragile, but has been very carefully excavated and has since been successfully recovered.
The Ness of Brodgar is an archaeological excavation covering an area of 2.5 hectares in the Heart of the Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site, in Scotland. It has revealed a well-preserved and sophisticated complex of 5000-year-old stone buildings, unlike anything seen before in northern Europe.
Excavation on this scale is expensive: each season costs over £200,000 for the digging and the analysis by specialists that follows. Please help support the project by donating to the Ness of Brodgar Trust!