Category: Around the Ness

Around the Ness: The Barnhouse Settlement

“[A]fter the establishment of settlement at Barnhouse the local landscape underwent a fundamental transformation by virtue of the spectacular display of monumentality embodied in Maeshowe, the Stones of Stenness and the groups of standing...

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Around the Ness: a hearth in Maeshowe?

Antiquarian sketch has us wondering whether there might be more to the 5,000-year-old chamber than we see today By Sigurd Towrie Back in 2016, a nineteenth century sketch had us pondering whether there might...

Maeshowe interior. (Jim Richardson)

Around the Ness: Maeshowe

“But the most remarkable tumulus in Orkney is situated to the north-east of the Ring of Stenness and is called M’eshoo or Meashowe (sic).” Lieutenant F. W. L. Thomas. Account of some of the...

The Ring of Bookan, Sandwick. This ditched enclosure at the north-western end of the Ness covers a similar area to the Stones of Stenness. Unlike the Stones of Stenness, however, it has no entrance causeway. (Sigurd Towrie)

Around the Ness: The Ring of Bookan

“The Ring of Bookan, in the same neighbourhood [as the Ring of Brodgar], appears to be a similar platform, but it is enclosed with an earthen vallum, and exhibits abundant traces of ruined works...