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, July 19th 2017

New marine energy research programme underway

Ocean energy researchers are being encouraged to apply for funding from a newly launched support programme. The SuperGen UK Centre for Marine Energy Research (UKCMER), together with Wave Energy Scotland, is seeking proposals for short research pro Full Story...

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

Orkney showcase for world leading technologies

A delegation from the European Commission has witnessed the pioneering advancement of marine energy taking place in Orkney. The visit, part of EU Sustainable Energy Week, was hosted by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and Ocean Energy Euro Full Story...

Contact Information

c/o Maureen Shearer, Development Manager, HIE, 14 Queen Street, Kirkwall
KW15 1JE Scotland

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