We are a family from the Orkney Islands: Christopher, who is an archaeologist, and Ragnhild (known as Raggie), who works for the University of the Highlands and Islands teaching and researching the language, literature and culture of Orkney in its Scottish and Scandinavian contexts. We live on the Orkney Mainland with our two children. Christopher is a native Orcadian, while Raggie comes from Norway.
Brodgar is our small family business. We both feel a deep love for Orkney and its archaeology, and we found that we wanted to spend much of our free time learning about it, exploring it, discovering more, and deepening our engagement by recreating Stone Age art by carving stone, using flint, moulding things in clay, recreating patterns and painting with natural pigments.
Then we thought: Why not share this? So the idea of Brodgar Archaeological Chocolate and Art was born. Christopher recreates Neolithic artwork in stone, using Stone Age technology such as a bow drill and by rubbing against other carefully selected stones. Each piece is unique. He does not mass produce, but puts each new piece of art up for sale as and when it emerges.
The chocolate is Raggie’s part of the business. She enjoys modelling real archaeological finds in the beautifully malleable medium of delicious Belgian chocolate.
In our blog, you can follow our explorations of places in Orkney of historical or archaeological interest.
Together, we delight in the past — We hope you will share it with us.