You know the summer has arrived in Orkney when you start seeing teams of archaeologists heading out to sites across the islands.

Most come prepared, with knee pads, rain jackets, gloves, hats, sun-cream and packed lunches – everything you need for a typical Orcadian summer!

The excavation season in Orkney officially gets underway next week (12th June) at the fascinating Cairns dig in South Ronaldsay. Then, over the coming months, members of the public will be able to see many more locations with archaeologists in action, uncovering thousands of years of history.

Take a look at our map below to see some of our favourite archaeological activities of 2017 for you to go and see this summer in Orkney.

Marker Key: Gold - The Cairns, South Ronaldsay | Green - Ness of Brodgar, Stenness | Grey- Swandro and Skaill, Rousay | Red - Stromness | Blue - Rackwick | Orange - Palace village, Birsay

For more information on all the archaeology events listed above and more activities happening across Orkney this year, visit the Orkney College UHI Archaeology Institute blog. You can also follow the Institute on Facebook and Twitter.