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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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This morning, we commenced Day 2 of our Orkney tour by departing our Kirkwall Hotel and then driving to the Stones of Stenness, a relatively small Henge and Stone Circle dating from the 3rd millennium BC. Although comprising of a small number of stones, a couple are extremely tall with tops finished off at about 45 degrees.

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This evening, I am focusing on one of Scotland’s most visited prehistoric sites, namely the Clava Cairns or Balnuaran of Clava, which are situated close to Culloden Battlefield and Inverness.

Clava Cairns Prehistoric Site

Clava Cairns Prehistoric Site, Scotland

This site dates back to the Bronze Age. There may have been two stages of construction: 2000 BC and 1000 BC. When viewing the images and this video clip bear in mind that this huge project was probably undertaken using only human muscle power and stone tools. Clearly the community of the day operated with a sophisticated social structure to cover all the stages of planning and construction. Interestingly, the last stage of construction coincided with the end of stone circle building in Britain ( 1000 BC), a development which may have been influenced by climate change. Read more on Visit Clava Cairns, Visit Scotland…