1. Skara Brae

For those interested in history.


The Neolithic village of Skara Brae was revealed during the winter of 1850 when a particularly ferocious storm battered Orkney. The combination of wind and extremely high tides stripped the grass from the top of a mound then known as Skerrabra. This revealed the outline of a number of stone buildings that, until 1868, the local laird William Watt of Skaill, excavated uncovering the remains of four ancient houses. After this further work was abandoned and the site remained undisturbed until 1925 when a further storm damaged the remains. Further excavations occurred between 1925 and 1930 revealing the site much as it is today.

Originally, the village was thought to date from around 500BC, during the Iron Age but radiocarbon dating during the early 1970s confirmed that it was a late Neolithic settlement that was inhabited for about 600 years between 3200BC to 2200BC. The site survives as ten dwellings…

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