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Skara Brae

Skara Brae
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Orkney

Skara Brae is a stone built Neolithic settlement located on the Bay of Skaill, on the west coast of Mainland Orkney. It Consists of eight clustered houses and was occupied from roughly 3180 BC to about 2500 BC. It is Europe's most complete Neolithic site.

It is older than both Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids, it has been called the "Scottish Pompeii" because of its excellent preservation.

In the winter of 1850 a severe storm hit Scotland, it caused widespread damage and over 200 people died. In the Bay of Skaill, the storm stripped the earth from a large irregular knoll known as "Skerrabra". When the storm cleared, local villagers found the outline of the village.

Several amateur excavations were carried out during the following years, during which time many of the artefacts were plundered. In 1927 the University of Edinburgh were given the site to excavate officially.

The houses contain several stone built pieces of furniture, including cupboards, dressers, seats, and storage boxes. Each dwelling was entered through a low doorway that had a stone slab door that could be closed by a bar that slid in bar-holes cut in the stone door jambs. A sophisticated drainage system was incorporated into the village's design. It included a primitive form of toilet in each home.

The site provided the earliest known record of the human flea in Europe.

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Date: 2017-07-05 20:34:06



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Comments

Excellent composition, nice color, well done!
Victor Hamberlin 2017-07-05 21:24:58
Very Interesting, Fabulous Detailed Capture.
tooram butterfly 2017-07-05 21:51:00
Nicely seen and captured
APS Lilienthal 2017-07-05 22:07:33
Wonderful capture Ruth
Pat 1940 2017-07-05 22:17:19
A wonderful picture Ruth and as ever interesting and informative narrative.
John Lawrence 438 2017-07-05 22:31:40
Thank you for posting your wonderful image to
Interesting History
John Lawrence 438 2017-07-05 22:31:51
Wonderful place Ruth, so well maintained, lovely picture
john.cooper835 one Million views 2017-07-05 22:55:18
Wonderful shot !
sherbie48 (mixpix) 2017-07-05 23:33:34
Truly amazing...great shot Ruth !!!!!!!!
Darrell Colby " You Call The Shots " 2017-07-06 01:33:30
An amazing complex , must have been so interesting to see . Of course the excellent narrative informs us well .
MedievalRocker 2017-07-06 05:20:53
My Hat's Off to You!!
Very Well Done!!


Outstanding!!
Aram Bagdasaryan 2017-07-10 03:09:23
Great Capture !!!!!
PHOTOGALIZA 2017-07-15 13:07:01

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