As part of Suicide Prevention Awareness Week (SPAW) 2022 and the Wellness Activity Programme, Headland Archaeology have partnered with Mind Your Head Shetland to deliver a community excavation as part of the Shetland Heritage Strategy. The first step in this process is undertaking survey works at a prospective site to inform the application for excavation.

This year the theme for SPAW is Creating Hope Through Action. We are inviting everyone to come and build hope for the future by learning some new skills and connecting with like-minded people as well as a shared heritage. Observed on September 10th every year, World Suicide Prevention Day provides the opportunity for people across the globe to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention.

The survey works are designed to give participants an opportunity to get out and explore the heritage site at South Newing, connect with others and learn some archaeological survey techniques. Beginners are welcome and training will be provided.

There will be a shuttle lift from Market House into the South Newing Prehistoric Site. The dates/times are as follows:

6th September (Tuesday)
10.30 – 14.30 Site Survey @ South Newing Prehistoric Site
17.30 – 19.00 Introductory Talk @ Market House

7th September (Wednesday)
13.00 – 17.00 Site Survey @ South Newing Prehistoric Site (repeat session)

8th September (Thursday)
14.00 – 16.00 Data Processing Working @ Market House
17.00 – 19.00 Repeat Session @ Market House

Headland Archaeology will also be giving an introductory talk on the project. The workshops are based at Market House and will include time for data processing so participants can find out how archaeologists make the data useable - and what to do with it.

Headland Archaeology have received funding from Viking Energy Windfarm LLP to deliver this community excavation as part of our Shetland Heritage Strategy.

For more information about the events and to sign up, please visit