We love Orkney’s archaeology, and we would like to take some home. But since we can’t, we created chocolate archaeology instead. With these delicious artefacts, you can really delight in the past with us.
Our chocolates are all carefully hand produced in the Orkney Islands, Scotland.
This page describes each chocolate artefact. To buy now, please go to our web shop.
Our customers say:
Chocolate not only looks amazing, it tastes amazing too, thank you so much.
Our delightful Neolithic Brodgar Chocolates are based on finds from the Ness of Brodgar archaeological excavation. They copy, in minute detail, real archaeological artefacts which have been found in Orkney. Good job our archaeologist, Christopher, is so good at making replicas! The replicas then became the basis for moulds, in which the chocolates have been lovingly crafted by Christopher’s wife, Raggie.
With each box of chocolates, you will find information on the real life archaeological artefact that the chocolates are modelled on.
The Picts were a people living in Scotland in the Iron Age. They were the indigenous population of Orkney, before the arrival of the Vikings in c. 800 AD.
The Picts were very accomplished artists, and left us stunning pieces of sculpture. On the Pictish symbol stones, we can find stylised animals and objects such as combs and mirrors and the crescent moon, and more mysterious symbols. These recur across the Pictish stones, and are often paired as if they have a deeper meaning depending on which symbols occur together.
The Norse people of Scandinavia, or Vikings, came to Orkney in c. 800 AD, and came to dominate the islands. From here, they ruled the old Earldom of Orkney, and raided, traded and explored far and wide.
The Vikings were also very fond of art, such as fine metal jewellery and beautiful carvings made in materials such as antler or whale bone.