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Neolithisch Orkney

Heart of Neolithic Orkney consists of a group of Neolithic monuments, situated on Mainland Orkney. The UNESCO World Heritage Heart of Neolithic Orkney includes: The Standing Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar, Maeshowe and Skara Brae. The Standing Stones of Stenness date from at least 3000 BC. Only 4 stones of the Standing Stones of Stenness have survived. The Ring of Brodgar was erected between 2500 BC and 2000 BC. Only 36 stones of the Ring of Brodgar have survived. Maeshowe is a passage grave and dates from 3000-2800 BC, it is one of the finest chambered tombs in north-west Europe, the central chamber of Maeshowe is illuminated by the winter solstice, similar to Newgrange. Maeshowe was built earlier than the pyramids of Egypt and Stonehenge. The people who built Maeshowe lived in settlements like Skara Brae. Skara Brae was built in 3100-2500 BC. The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae was inhabited before the Egyptian pyramids were built and many centuries before the construction began at Stonehenge. Skara Brae was continuously inhabited for some 600 years. Skara Brae is one of the first known farming villages in Great-Britain and the best preserved Neolithic village in the northern part of Europe. Heart of Neolithic Orkney gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1999. World Heritage Art: Standing Stones of Stenness. 

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Neolithisch Orkney - The Heart of Neolithic Orkney: The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae is situated on the Bay of Skaill on the west coast of Mainland Orkney, the...

The Heart of Neolithic Orkney: The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae is situated on the Bay of Skaill on the west coast of Mainland Orkney, the largest of the Orkney Islands. Skara Brae is the best preserved and most complete Neolithic village in Northern Europe. The Heart of Neolithic Orkney was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1999.

  1. Neolithisch Orkney - The Heart of Neolithic Orkney: The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae is situated on the Bay of Skaill on the west coast of Mainland Orkney, the...

    The Heart of Neolithic Orkney: The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae is situated on the Bay of Skaill on the west coast of Mainland Orkney, the largest of the Orkney Islands. Skara Brae is the best preserved and most complete Neolithic village in Northern Europe. The Heart of Neolithic Orkney was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1999.

  2. Neolithisch Orkney - Heart of Neolithic Orkney: The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae on Mainland Orkney was built in  3100-2500 BC. Skara Brae was inhabited...

    Heart of Neolithic Orkney: The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae on Mainland Orkney was built in  3100-2500 BC. Skara Brae was inhabited before the Egyptian pyramids were built and many centuries before construction began at Stonehenge. Skara Brae is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Heart of Neolithic Orkney.

  3. Neolithisch Orkney - Heart of Neolithic Orkney: In the winter of 1850, a wild storm stripped the grass of a dune and the ancient dwellings of Skara Brae were...

    Heart of Neolithic Orkney: In the winter of 1850, a wild storm stripped the grass of a dune and the ancient dwellings of Skara Brae were uncovered. Skara Brae is one of the first known farming villages in Britain. Skara Brae was continuously inhabited for some 600 years, from about 3100 BC-2500 BC.

  4. Neolithisch Orkney - Heart of Neolithic Orkney: Skara Brae is one of the best preserved group of prehistoric houses in Northern Europe. Skara Brae had two phases,...

    Heart of Neolithic Orkney: Skara Brae is one of the best preserved group of prehistoric houses in Northern Europe. Skara Brae had two phases, below Skara Brae there are the remains of an earlier village. Several artifacts were found at Skara Brae, such as pottery, tools and jewelry. No weapons have been found.

  5. Neolithisch Orkney - Heart of Neolithic Orkney: The Standing Stones of Stenness date from at least 3000 BC. Only 4 stones of the Standing Stones of Stenness have...

    Heart of Neolithic Orkney: The Standing Stones of Stenness date from at least 3000 BC. Only 4 stones of the Standing Stones of Stenness have survived.  The Neolithic monument is situated on Mainland Orkney. The Standing Stones of Stenness are part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Heart of Neolithic Orkney. Heart of Neolithic Orkney was declared an UNESCO World Heritage.

  6. Neolithisch Orkney - The Ring of Brodgar is a Neolithic henge and stone circle northeast of Strommness on Mainland Orkney. The stone circle is one of the...

    The Ring of Brodgar is a Neolithic henge and stone circle northeast of Strommness on Mainland Orkney. The stone circle is one of the prehistoric monuments of the UNESCO World Heritage: Heart of Neolithic Orkney. The World Heritage consists of four prehistoric monuments: The settlement of Skara Brae, Maeshowe, the Standing Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar. 

  7. Neolithisch Orkney - Heart of Neolithic Orkney: The Ring of Brodgar is situated on Mainland Orkney. The stone circle was erected between 2500 BC-2000...

    Heart of Neolithic Orkney: The Ring of Brodgar is situated on Mainland Orkney. The stone circle was erected between 2500 BC-2000 BC. Only 36 stones of the Ring of Brodgar have survived, including the nearby Comet Stone. The ditch around the Ring of Brodgar is three metres deep and ten metres wide, the construction is estimated to have involved 80,000 man-hours of work. 

  8. Neolithisch Orkney - Heart of Neolithic Orkney: The grass mound of Maeshowe hides passages and grave chambers. The passage tomb Maeshowe was built between...

    Heart of Neolithic Orkney: The grass mound of Maeshowe hides passages and grave chambers. The passage tomb Maeshowe was built between 3000-28000 BC. Maeshowe is one of the finest chambered tombs in north-west Europe. It was built earlier than Stonehenge and the pyramids of Egypt. Those who built Maeshowe lived in settlements like Skara Brae. Maeshowe is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Heart of Neolithic Orkney.

  9. Neolithisch Orkney - Heart of Neolithic Orkney: The passage into the chambered tomb of Maeshowe. Viking warriors broke into Maeshowe in the 12th century. The...

    Heart of Neolithic Orkney: The passage into the chambered tomb of Maeshowe. Viking warriors broke into Maeshowe in the 12th century. The Vikings carved runes on the stone walls of the main chamber of Maeshowe. With the Ring of Brodgar, the Standing Stones of Stenness and Skara Brae, Maeshowe is one of the three great monuments at the Heart of Neolithic Orkney.

  10. Neolithisch Orkney - The Old Man of Hoy is located on the Island of Hoy, one of the Orkney Islands. The Old man of Hoy is a 137 meter high sea stack, the rock is...

    The Old Man of Hoy is located on the Island of Hoy, one of the Orkney Islands. The Old man of Hoy is a 137 meter high sea stack, the rock is probably less than 400 years old. The sea stack is one of the most famous landmarks of the Orkney Islands. The Old Man of Hoy can be seen from the ferry from Scrabster to Stromness.