Category: Around the Ness

Big Howe. Sigurd Towrie

Around the Ness: Big Howe

“A little way to the eastward of the Ring of Stenness is a mound called ‘Big How’ but of what nature I am unable to decide and it would require considerable excavation to make out its details…” Lieutenant F.W.L.… Continue reading
Bay of Skaill trail

The Bay of Skaill trail

We bring this week to a close they way we started it – with another trail! This time we head to the west coast of the Orkney Mainland and take a wander around the Bay of Skaill, in Sandwick – perhaps best known as the location of Skara Brae.… Continue reading
The Standing Stones of Stenness, looking north-west towards the Ness of Brodgar. (Sigurd Towrie)

Time for the old house to die? – henges and houses in the Neolithic

“The first decayed and new ones were made. And in time the new ones became old, yet still they were rings of timber – though now the rings were trimmed posts raised within a bank and ditch that made a wider circle…” Bernard Cornwell: Stonehenge By Sigurd Towrie Over the past few weeks, we have looked at expedient architecture, in particular the idea that some Neolithic buildings may have been hastily built, perhaps dismantled or simply left to become ruinous.… Continue reading