Kirk­wall cas­tle walls dis­cov­ered

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ARCHAEOLOG­ICAL NEWS -

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

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