Most of my summer was spent walking around and within the Neolithic houses at the Ness of Brodgar. I carried a GPS everyday for the full 6 week season to map my movements and engagements with the buildings. The walls are so well preserved that they once again orchestrate journeys around the site and we inhabit those spaces for a brief time every year. Most buildings are marked by my lack of visits. In contrast, Structure 1 stands out as a dense cluster of activity in the western part of the site. My tracks give some sense of the attention and energy these structures demand in the present. This performance is experienced by thousands of visitors, with three official tours a day, watched from a scaffold viewing tower, followed worldwide online, supported by a site shop and manicured by up to about 70 archaeologists (professional, student & volunteer) at time.
Structure 1: orchestrating the unpicking of earth floor lenses and occupation derived deposits.
Survey station ORCA900: a new locale.
Structure 12: presence in absence (for me anyway).
Artist Rik Hammond also carried a GPS when he visited the site, explorations which started as part of his residency last year. I hope to combine some of our tracks and other data from the site to make new ‘post-processed’ collaborative maps.