Orkney’s most famous Neolithic site (and if you’ve been following my posts, you must by now realise there are a LOT of them), is the extremely well preserved stone age village SKARA BRAE
From Wikipedia: “Consisting of eight clustered houses, it was occupied from roughly 3180 BC to about 2500 BC and is Europe’s most complete Neolithic village. Skara Brae gained UNESCO World Heritage Site status as one of four sites making up “The Heart of Neolithic Orkney“. Older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids, it has been called the “Scottish Pompeii” because of its excellent preservation.”
Once again, walking around this astounding site was totally absorbing, even with other people present. The sense of ancient history wells up from the stones beneath your feet, entrancing and humbling that a civilization so ancient as this, could build in such an enduring manner that we are still able to see much of what their homes were like.
I have my doubts about anything we build now lasting in similar fashion!
When you first arrive, you pass through the visitor centre, and then into a reconstruction of what things might have looked like when the buildings were intact.
The village was first revealed in 1850, following a severe storm. The owner of the land carried out some excavations but abandoned them in 1868 after uncovering 4 houses. In 1913 the site was plundered and nobody knows what was removed. In 1924 another storm swept part of one of the houses away, and only after that was the site properly secured and investigated, and yet it is still an amazing thing to experience.
These people were really ingenious in their use of waste material
Isn’t that awesome? To think how old this place is, and yet still this structurally sound?
I reckon modern builders could take some inspiration here…