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The Loss of Coastal Heritage in Orkney.

Photographs by Frank Bradford, text by Julie Gibson.


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Orkney is famous for its extraordinary archaeology. This is an essential guide to many less well known and disappearing coastal sites. The lavish illustrations are by Frank Bradford, well-known professional travel photographer, and the expert yet jargon-free text by Julie Gibson, Orkney's County Archaeologist.

This book was created as a collection of photos of some of Orkney's coastal archaeology. It is an introduction to an amazingly rich resource that opens up the histories of 6 millennia of people in Orkney and yet has very little future.

There is quite an idiosyncratic selection of coastal sites included here, ranging from the sublime, such as tumbling walls of Hodgalee, to the ridiculous - an apparently very ordinary rock grandiosely named Odin's Stone.

On the way to the sites in this book, you will undoubtedly find others. Most of the archaeology is off the beaten track, it is raw and ruinous and, impossible as it seems when you look at the solid walls in some of these sites, the sea can take them in a single tide.

Some sites may not be here for very long. You are recommended to go out and visit them now.


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