The Ring of Brodgar, Orkney island
The group of four Neolithic sites known as ‘Heart of Neolithic Orkney‘ compose a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Skara Brae is considered by many to be one of the world’s best Neolithic sites as it was superbly preserved by a sudden, massive sandstorm, forcing its inhabitants to flee and leave many possessions behind. It remained buried until exposed by a storm in 1850. It was excavated in 1932. Skara Brae was a village settlement about 5, 000 years ago, with mostly ground-sunk houses probably roofed with driftwood and turf, with a few stone walls. The dwellings were quite sophisticated including drainage, toilets, cupboards, beds and seats.
• Maeshowe is a well-constructed tomb complex of huge stones and turf.
• Standing Stones of Stenness are the remnants of another stone circle less than a mile from Ring of Brodgar and Maeshowe. Four of the stones are up to 5m (16ft) high.
• The Ring of Brodgar is a circle of standing stones 104 metres in diameter set amidst other stones and prehistoric tombs. Photo by Chmee2 in summertime. Note the weather conditions!
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