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Stones of Stenness, Orkney

Stones of Stenness, Orkney, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on  another intriguing prehistoric site, namely the Standing Stones of Stenness which are situated 9 miles west of Kirkwall, Orkney Islands. This site may date from around 3000BC  (Late Neolithic) but, unfortunately, today’s remains are a shadow of the original which may have exceeded the  nearby Ring of Brodgar in terms of size and grandeur. Considerable damage to the stones occurred during the 19th century. The original stone circle may have been 104ft (31.7m in diameter) and comprised of 11 or 12 stones. The stones stood inside a rock-cut ditch some 19ft (5.8m) wide and up to 6ft 6″ (2m) deep. Outside this had been a bank maybe 21ft(6.4m) in width and 6ft (1.8m) in height.

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Ring of Brodgar, Stone Circle

Ring of Brodgar, Stone Circle, Orkney

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.

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Maeshowe Neolithic Site

Maeshowe Neolithic Site, Orkney, Scotland

This evening, the focus of my blog is one of Scotland’s Prehistoric site, namely Maeshowe on Orkney.

The structure dates from the Neolithic era (New Stone Age), around 3000BC and hence is some 5000 years old. Maeshowe is considered the finest chambered tomb in north-west Europe. To mind there are strong similarities with Newgrange in Ireland. I am also mindful of the social organisation in those far off days which must have been capable of marshalling a huge workforce at a time when the early people were living close to the environment and were restricted to just stone tools and, possibly, no wheeled vehicles.

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