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Neolithic Sites in the Orkney Islands

  1. Oct 10, 2014 #1

    Astronuc

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    I was reading a recent issue of National Geographic and there was an article on Neolithic structures in the Orkney Islands. It is fascinating.

    Before Stonehenge
    One long-ago day around 3200 B.C., the farmers and herdsmen on Scotland’s remote Orkney Islands decided to build something big...
    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/08/neolithic-orkney/smith-text

    Sites includes Ness of Brodgar, Maes Howe, Skara Brae, Tomb of the Eagles, and Stones of Stenness

    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/08/neolithic-orkney/megalith-map
    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/08/neolithic-orkney/brodgar-graphic

    "In 1958 a farmer digging flagstones accidentally uncovered the 5,000-year-old Tomb of the Eagles. It held more than 16,000 human bones mingled with the talons of white-tailed eagles."

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/120127-stonehenge-ness-brodgar-scotland-science/
    http://www.orkneyjar.com/archaeology/nessofbrodgar/
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ness_of_Brodgar

    http://www.theguardian.com/science/2012/oct/06/orkney-temple-centre-ancient-britain

    http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/index/places/propertyresults/propertydetail.htm?PropID=PL_280
    http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk...L_244&PropName=Skara Brae Prehistoric Village

    http://www.maeshowe.co.uk/maeshowe/standing.html
    http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/standingstones/
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standing_Stones_of_Stenness

    Skara Brae
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skara_Brae
    http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/skarabrae/
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/history/articles/skara_brae/

    The Knap o' Howar, Papay
    http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/knaphowar.htm

     
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  3. Dec 1, 2014 #2

    Dotini

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    Maybe 5000 years ago the mysterious Orkney vole appeared. Since the Orkneys were a known maritime trading center, it seems possible they arrived as stowaways on trading vessels from as far as the Mediterranean. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orkney_vole

    Some of the Orkney ruins seem to have been ritually filled in before abandonment, a practice we have seen at Gobekli Tepe.
     
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