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Ness of Brodgar, Stromness

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Ness of Brodgar is an archaeological site covering 2.5ha between the Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness in the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site near Loch of Harray, Orkney, in Scotland. Excavations at the site began in 2003. The site has provided evidence of housing, decorated stone slabs, a massive stone wall with foundations, and a large building described as a Neolithic "cathedral" or "palace". The site may have been occupied from as early as 3500 BC to the close of the Neolithic period more than a millennium and a half later.According to project manager Nick Card, the discoveries are unparalleled in British prehistory, the complexity of finds is changing the "whole vision of what the landscape was 5,000 years ago" and that "it’s of a scale that almost relates to the classical period in the Mediterranean with walled enclosure and walled precincts". Additionally, according to archaeologists in general, the site could be more important than Stonehenge.FindsExcavations have revealed several buildings, both ritual and domestic and the works suggest there are likely to be more in the vicinity. Pottery, cremated animal bones, stone tools, and polished stone mace heads have also been discovered. Some of the stone slabs are decorated with geometrical lozenges typical of other Neolithic sites.There are the remains of a large stone wall (the "Great Wall of Brodgar") that may have been 100m long and 4m or more wide. It appears to traverse the entire peninsula the site is on and may have been a symbolic barrier between the ritual landscape of the Ring and the mundane world around it.
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  • Life excavation of a prehistoric site! It's awesome to see how well the archeologists take care of this very fine prehistoric site. There's a frequent tour with explanation as well on a small platform...  read more »
  • Excavation in progress. Visited on an open day so it was busy but had the opportunity to listen to the experts. 
  • Fascinating talks by archaeologists during the dig - this was during summer. We loved this and the talks and the display of the found items really added something to our understanding and experience. ...  read more »
  • The site is only open in the summer so archaeology students can come and gain practical experience working on site. It's a lovely history mine, they dig in a hole in the ground and extract history.
  • Interesting dig. Could do with more information around to put it into context
  • Believe it or not; from about 2500 to 3000 BC, a group of about 13 religious/ritual building in use for about a thousand years!
  • Interesting archaeological site at you a little can watch from a small grandstand.
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