Category: Standing Stones
A new addition to our excavation background section this week, dealing with the “central paved area” and standing stone between Structures One, Eight, Twelve and Twenty-Nine.
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Over the past few weeks, we have looked at expedient architecture - the idea that some Neolithic buildings were hastily built, perhaps dismantled or simply left to become ruinous. This is not restricted to structures. Read more
“…at the north-west end of the Bridge of Brogar is a large dilapidated tumulus, which appears to be the ruin of an ancient stone Pict’s castle; close by it are… Read more
“As we passed the Bridge of Brodgar, we could dimly descry the Standing Stones of Stenness on the eminence but today looming in the darkness like a regiment of grim… Read more
“…on the day itself, at the death of one year and the birth of the next, the sun drops onto the top of the Barnhouse Stone…”
Mark Edmonds. Orcadia: Land,… Read more
“A slightly different form of expansion may be present at Howe, Stromness, Mainland, where two buildings initially interpreted as a stalled tomb and mortuary house, due to the presence of… Read more
By Sigurd Towrie
Head north along the road parallel to the south-western shore of the Stenness loch and a single standing stone will be clearly visible on high ground to… Read more
“Each of the remaining pillars is about 18 feet above ground: one was lately thrown down, but has not been broken; three were, in the month of December 1814, torn… Read more
“The old track now passes by a small, solitary standing stone slab, encircled in green for some distance around its base and finally merging again into heather.”
George Marwick. The… Read more
In 2012, Jim Richardson visited the Ness to capture images for a planned National Geographic feature article.
The resultant images were truly awe-inspiring and today, thanks to Jim’s generosity, we’re… Read more
“Seven thousand years ago, Mesolithic hunter gatherers walked the long ridge of land in the heart of Orkney, known today as the Ness of Brodgar. Later, Neolithic farmers chose that… Read more
It’s a beautiful day in the West Mainland of Orkney. One of those very rare summer days when there’s hardly a breath of wind.
With some work to do… Read more
“When on the way to the Bridge of Brogar, attention is at once arrested by a singly giant monolith … standing erect, like a giant sentinel, called the Watch Stone”… Read more
Following our appeal for old photographs of the Ness and its environs, Pat Long sent us these early postcards showing the Stones of Stenness. Thanks Pat.
If you’ve been digging… Read more
There’s nothing like finally getting to the bottom of an irksome puzzle. In this case, the puzzle related to an old photograph of the Stones of Stenness (above).
The mystery,… Read more
Archaeological work in south-west Wales has pushed the Ring of Brodgar back to fifth place in the list of largest stone circles in the British Isles.
Four stones remain at… Read more