Tomb of the Otters


No further funding was available to ORCA, so we employed a Canadian archaeologist to excavate the entrance and central passageways. After 28 days. 1000 human bones including adults, children and babies were recovered. They were buried in three separate layers with clay and thin slabs of stone with otter spraint among the bones in each layer. A deer antle was uncovered along with some pieces of pottery with four different patterns. Underneath a babies skull was a polished piece of Flint stone in the shape of an animals head was recovered.

A new chamber was revealed underneath a stone floor two meters long in the entrance passageway. This chamber contains human remains along with otters spraint is visible.

The floor leads to a step down into the central passage which is unique to any other tomb in Orkney.


EXCAVATION 3 - March 2012