Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA)
offers a comprehensive archaeological service to industry, communities, government agencies, developers and landowners. ORCA staff have years of experience in all types of archaeological work throughout Britain and abroad, but particularly in Scotland and especially the Highlands and Islands. All team members are suitably qualified professionals with a variety of academic qualifications at undergraduate, masters and doctorate level.
ORCA’s commercial and research capabilities include environmental impact assessments, historic environment consultancy, management and mitigation plans, environmental and archaeological geophysics, geomatics, laser scanning, standing building survey, archaeological evaluation, watching briefs and excavation, environmental archaeology (especially analysis of faunal bone, pollen, peat, waterlogged and charred plant remains), marine archaeology, interpretation of marine remote sensing data, exploration geophysics (including collection of sidescan sonar and sub-bottom profiling data), archaeological sciences, geoarchaeology and diving science.
ORCA’s 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 The Cairns on South Ronaldsay. For more information and an update on research work see our blog.
ORCA also 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 sub-sea 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.
For more information on historic environmental consultancy and the research work undertaken by ORCA also see www.orca-archaeology.org
ORCA Senior Projects Manager: Mr Nick Card
ORCA Senior Projects Manager: Mr Paul Sharman
ORCA Adminstrator: Kat Fryer
ORCA, Orkney College UHI, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1LX, UK