Kirkwall castle walls discovered
A team from ORCA Archaeology have unearthed sections of wall and cobbled surface while undertaking a watching brief for an Orkney Islands Council infrastructure project in the centre of Kirkwall.
So far, three walls have been uncovered during the works. One substantial wall set back from the road junction is built using immense stone blocks and lime mortar indicating that it is part of the now demolished 14th-century Kirkwall Castle.
The castle itself was built without royal consent in the late 14th century by Earl Henry Sinclair while Orkney was still ruled by Scandinavian kings and was said to be one of the strongest castles in the realm. In the early 17th century the castle was defended by the rebellious Stewart Earls against the Scottish King’s forces. Following the siege, an order was given by the Scottish King James VI to dismantle the castle in 1615 so that it could not be used again as a centre of rebellion.
A burial from the Childrey Warren site
The ORCA Archaeology team working in challenging weather conditions at the site