This evening, my post is focused on the famous Ring of Brodgar, a circle-henge which is located some 10 miles WNW of Kirkwall and in close proximity to other prehistoric sites such as Maes Howe and the Ring of Stenness.
The stone circle is positioned close to the inner edge of the ditch. Originally 60 but now twenty nine standing stones cover an area of 91000 Sq feet, it is the third largest of its kind in the British Isles.There is no central feature and the stones have an average height of 7 feet. There is no general agreement on the date the circle was erected but 2700 BC is plausible.There are no obvious astronomical alignments. Construction may have entailed 80,000 hours of manual labour at a time when only stone tools were available. A truly intriguing site.