ORCA - Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology

Excellence in Historic Environment Services

Giving the past a presence now and for the future

Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA) offers both terrestrial and marine cultural heritage services which are cost effective and efficiently delivered by its experienced and well qualified team. Located in one of the most archaeologically significant parts of the United Kingdom, ORCA is housed within the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute in Orkney. ORCA work with the construction industry, utility companies, energy developers, the public sector and community outreach programmes. ORCA 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. ORCA 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.

Services provided: Archaeologists

Wednesday, May 10th 2017

SR2000 clocks up the power

Having reached the 2MW rated capacity of their SR2000 tidal turbine earlier in April, and setting a new tidal industry benchmark, Scotrenewables have now generated over 18MWh within a continuous 24hr testing period; a performance level which matches Full Story...

Tuesday, May 9th 2017

EMEC is InSTREAM once more

The European Marine Energy Centre has redeployed a unique device fitted with innovative instruments that measure the impact of turbulence on tidal energy devices. Aiming to improve the industry’s understanding of turbulence, the project will Full Story...

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