Orkney Islands Astro-archæology Expedition – May 2003

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The Morien Institute May 2003 Astro-archæology Expedition got underway on Sunday May 25th., 2003, and will culminate in observation of the ‘annular solar eclipse’ which will occur at sunrise on Saturday May 31st 2003.

Anyone is welcome to join us, but visitors wanting to find these sites on their own would be wise to get a copy of the Landranger Map No.6, which shows the location of most megalithic sites on the Orkney Islands.

The expedition team consists of Naveed Bhatti, Ichiro Suzuki, John Michael and Koreen Perkins. We made good time from Dornock to Scrabter to catch the ferry to Stromness in the Orkneys, and were delighted to pass right by the ‘Old Man of Hoy’ – a favourite place for climbers from all over the world

One of the first things we did was to ‘mark’ the cottage that was our ‘base’ for the next week using the Garmin GPS 12 which will be used to ‘mark’
any megalithic stones that are not marked on the O.S. maps. We have already seen several likely candidates on our way to South Ronaldsay.

below are some photos taken since arriving on Orkney


the team on the ferry to Orkney

the expedition team on the ferry to Stromness


the Old Man of Hoy

the ‘Old Man of Hoy’, Orkney Islands


a cave facing southwest on Hoy

a cave on Hoy facing southwest


marking the 'base'location on the GPS unit

marking the ‘base’ location on the GPS unit


The Ring of Brodgar

our first stop – the Ring of Brodgar


Ichiro inspects a large megalith

Ichiro inspects a large megalith



to snafus with the expedition notebook computer we have been unable to upload

pages until this afternoon – Thursday, May 29th. 2003. Hopefully we can put up

some of the 300 plus images we have taken over the past few days in the next 24

hours. Please call back again


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