Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology

Based within the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute in Kirkwall, Orkney, the Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA) offers a comprehensive range of marine and terrestrial archaeological and historic environment services across Scotland, such as impact assessments, archaeological fieldwork and post-excavation, built heritage services, environmental archaeology, marine archaeology, and archaeological sciences. Alongside commercial and public sector work and community outreach programmes, our research and applied research projects include the well-publicised work on the Ness of Brodgar; the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site Geophysics Programme; Scapa Flow shipwrecks; and mapping marine heritage sites in Orkney and the Pentland Firth as part of Project Adair.

Responsible post-holder(s): 
Rosalind Aitken, Operations Manager
01856 569 345
Offices and contacts
Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology, University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute, Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1LX
Rosalind Aitken, Operations Manager
01856 569345
Additional contacts: 

Rosalind Aitken, Operations Manager
Commercial services
Tel.: 01865 569 213

Regions and services
See below for a list of this Registered Organisation's operational regions and services.
Registration period: 
2015-16 & 2016-2019
The geographical regions and services listed for this organisation represent work undertaken within the last 3 years. The services listed are either provided in-house or are bought-in - please contact the organisation for further details.
East Midlands
East of England
North East
North West (inc. Isle of Man)
South East (inc. London, Isle of Wight)
South West (inc. Isles of Scilly)
West Midlands
Yorkshire and the Humber
Northern Ireland
design of investigations, procurement of services, contract management and monitoring
EIAs, DBAs, documentary research
provision of commercial historic environment advice to developers, public inquiries
Education & outreach
interpretation and displays
public outreach, participation and events
teaching and training
university-based research
Fieldwork / post-fieldwork
analysis of artefacts, industrial residues, environmental material and human remains
building analysis and recording
characterisation and appraisals
field evaluation
geophysical survey
maritime archaeology
measured and topographical survey
object conservation
watching briefs

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