Archaeologists to tell story of Celtic Iron Age site in Scotland

Archaeologists Nick Card and Jane Downs will visit Willamette University on Thursday, April 14, to discuss their work on the Mine Howe site in Orkney, Scotland.

Their lecture, titled “The Mysteries of Mine Howe, Orkney: 29 Steps Into the Celtic Otherworld,” is at 7:30 p.m. in Paulus Lecture Hall at the College of Law. The event is free and open to the public.

At the Mine Howe site are the well-preserved remains of a metalworking building from the Iron Age. Beneath the floor of this building were the remains of a woman who had been buried carefully, and outside were the remains of a murder victim. The site is critical to modern-day understandings of Celtic ritual and of Orkney’s place in the world.

This summer, several Willamette undergraduates and Environmental and Earth Sciences Professor Scott Pike will fly to Scotland to work and conduct research with Card at the Ness of Brodgar Archaeology Field School in Orkney. The Ness of Brodgar was recently named Research Project of the Year at the Current Archaeology Awards.

The lecture is co-sponsored by Willamette’s Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology, the Salem Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Lilly Project at Willamette and Orkney College.

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