Friday, 13 June 2014

Scotland Holiday: Skara Brae Prehistoric Village


Skara Brae is one of the sites you have to visit if you come to Orkney.

It is Europe's most complete Neolithic village and consists of eight houses that were lived in from about 3180 BCE–2500 BCE, which makes it older than Stonehenge. Skara Brae is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been called the "Scottish Pompeii" because of its excellent preservation. I've been eager to see Skara Brae ever since I heard Scottish historian Neil Oliver wax lyrical about it on the BBC documentary A History of Ancient Britain.

Although Skara Brae was one of the first places I went to on my holiday on Orkney this week, I've been a bit slow getting the photos off my camera and blogging about it - that's partly because it is hard to put into words how amazing the place really is. In fact, I think I'll simply recommend looking at my photos and then reading up about it yourself by clicking on the links at the bottom of this post - or, better still, coming to Orkney to see it yourself.


Links and previous posts
http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/skarabrae/
http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/propertyresults/propertyoverview.htm?PropID=PL_244
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skara_Brae
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/06/scotland-holiday-stones-on-beach-by.html
A History of Ancient Britain - Series 1 [DVD]

1 comment:

D. Alan Nash said...

Surely there is an occult connection to the stone balls of Skara Brae? Perhaps a divination device?