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Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA)

The Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA) and ORCA Marine offer a comprehensive archaeological service of interest to the likes of industry, communities, government agencies, developers and landowners. ORCA staff have years of experience in all types of archaeological work throughout Britain and abroad, but particularly in Scotland and especially the Highlands and Islands. All team members are suitably qualified professionals with a variety of academic qualifications at undergraduate, masters and doctorate level.…Read More
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The Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA) and ORCA Marine offer a comprehensive archaeological service of interest to the likes of industry, communities, government agencies, developers and landowners. ORCA staff have years of experience in all types of archaeological work throughout Britain and abroad, but particularly in Scotland and especially the Highlands and Islands. All team members are suitably qualified professionals with a variety of academic qualifications at undergraduate, masters and doctorate level.

ORCA and ORCA Marine’s commercial and research capabilities include environmental impact assessments, historic environment consultancy, management and mitigation plans, environmental and archaeological geophysics, geomatics, laser scanning, standing building survey, archaeological evaluation, watching briefs and excavation, environmental archaeology (especially analysis of faunal bone, pollen, peat, waterlogged and charred plant remains), marine archaeology, interpretation of marine remote sensing data, exploration geophysics (including collection of sidescan sonar and sub-bottom profiling data), archaeological sciences, geoarchaeology and diving science.

ORCA and ORCA Marine’s 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 Project Adair. The units also work with the construction industry, utility companies, energy developers, the public sector and community outreach programmes. ORCA and ORCA Marine have been closely involved with several marine renewable energy developments in Orkney Waters, the Pentland Firth and off the Western Isles, as well as subsea cable and gas pipeline projects off Shetland and in the North Sea, and with electricity infrastructure projects such as the construction of grid cable connections and converter stations.