Exciting Times

The last three weeks have passed quickly.

We organised a longer tour for one client, securing access to some unusual places. I also enjoyed guiding  Dr. Cartrite and a group of his Alma College students.  They asked a lot of stimulating questions – both to me and at a session I’d set up with one of the leading players in the Council’s Our Islands, Our Future campaign.

At the same time, a lot happened on the archaeology and World War I fields. Two World War I experts were in Orkney. Peter Hennessy described Orkney in 1914 as ‘the geo-political pivot of the world’ and commented on how awe-inspiring it would have been to be at Hoxa to see the British fleet coming into Scapa Flow almost 100 years ago in the days leading to the outbreak of war. Commander David Hobbs gave two stimulating lectures –  on how radical the strategy of concentrating the entire fleet in one place and on how difficult it was to organise such a large fleet.

The nautical theme continued at Orkney Archaeological Society’s AGM. Caroline Wickham-Jones, of Aberdeen University, described the rise in sea levels in the millennia before the creation of our World Heritage site monuments. Was the Brodgar peninsula chosen because the effect of rising sea levels was obvious there?