FEASTING WITH THE EARLS AT THE BU

September 2 → 5:15 pm6:15 pm
Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

Dr Raymond Lamb Memorial Lecture

Orkney Earls in Norse times had wealth and power, and the Orkneyinga Saga tells of various gatherings for feasting and drinking, with Orphir mentioned several times. Excavations at the Bu have provided insights into the possible location of an earl’s hall. A clue comes from a horizontal mill, fallen into disuse and filled with remains of cooked food: choice cuts of meat suggest a place of feasting nearby.

Dr Colleen Batey of UHI’s Institute for Northern Studies and Prof. Ingrid Mainland of UHI’s Archaeology Institute tell the story of the ancient saga and the modern finds. Tomorrow (Saturday 3rd) morning Colleen Batey will lead a site visit.

In association with the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

THE SALT ROADS
FROM HOY TO HUDSON BAY AND BACK

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