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Skara Brae is a large stone-built Neolithic settlement, located on the Bay of Skaill on the west coast of Mainland, Orkney, Scotland. It consists of ten clustered houses, and was occupied from roughly 3180 BCE–2500 BCE. Europe’s most complete Neolithic village, Skara Brae gained UNESCO World Heritage Site status as one of four sites making up “The Heart of Neolithic Orkney.”a Older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids, it has been called the “Scottish Pompeii” because of its excellent preservation.

Skara Brae’s inhabitants were apparently makers and users of grooved ware, a distinctive style of pottery that appeared in northern Scotland not long before the establishment of the village. The houses used earth sheltering but, being sunk into the ground, they were built into mounds of pre-existing domestic waste known as “middens”. Although the midden provided the houses with a small degree of stability, its most important purpose was to act as a layer of insulation against Orkney’s harsh winter climate. On average, the houses measure 40 square metres (430 sq ft) in size with a large square room containing a hearth which would have been used for heating and cooking. Given the number of homes, it seems likely that no more than fifty people lived in Skara Brae at any given time (Wikipedia)
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  • Poete100
    Poete100almost 3 years ago

    Scotland is a big POI for me…love to go there…

  • I want to go back again, I really love Scotland

    – kalaryder

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonalmost 3 years ago

    Wow, so interesting, must be a fantastic place to visit. Great capture Kala.

  • It is Rosalie, it is the second time I have been here and would visit again

    – kalaryder

  • finepix
    finepixalmost 3 years ago

    Great kala,will be there for a week in March

  • Wrap up warm, we were there in August and almost blown over lol

    – kalaryder

  • billfox256
    billfox256almost 3 years ago

    “O Caledonia! stern and wild,
    Meet nurse for a poetic child!
    Land of brown heath and shaggy wood,
    Land of the mountain and the flood,
    Land of my sires! what a mortal hand
    Can e’er untie the filial band,
    That knits me to thy rugged strand.”
    {Sir Walter Scott}

    Excellent!!!! Bill

  • Thanks Bill :)

    – kalaryder

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynalmost 3 years ago

    wow wow wowwwwwwwww !!!! wonderful!!!

  • Thank you

    – kalaryder

  • NordicBlackbird
    NordicBlackbirdalmost 3 years ago

    Ha-ha, classic, Kala :-))) I rtust you had a fabulous time there

  • I couldn’t resist the most taken angle, at least it has the sea in it too LOL

    – kalaryder

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 3 years ago

    JANUARY 17th,

    See your work in the Permanents Featured Gallery
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  • Thank you very much Mary, appreciated

    – kalaryder

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 3 years ago

    congratulations for your well deserved feature in the Artists Universe group !!!
    my best, francis.

  • Thank you most kindly

    – kalaryder

  • mYmEMine
    mYmEMinealmost 3 years ago

    Love the shot and would really love to see the actual site!

  • It is worth the visit, thank you for your comment

    – kalaryder

  • jainiemac
    jainiemacalmost 3 years ago

    Awesome , i saw a show the other night Neil Roberts was up inthe Orkneys and Ireland it was brilliant so interesting and your image is wonderful :)) He went to Skara Brae .

  • I missed that :(
    Thank you very much for the feature, always appreciated

    – kalaryder

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