Ring of Brodgar Orkney Images, Pictures & Photos { 24 images } Created 14 Feb 2015

Images, pictures & photos of the Ring of Brodgar ( circa 2,500 to 2,000 BC) a Neolithic henge with a stone circle inside, the third largest and most northern in the British Isles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mainland Orkney, Scotland. A henge is a circular ditch with a bank. Most hedges do not have circles of stones inside them which is what makes the Ring of Brodgar along with Avebury and Stonehenge unusual. 4000 years the climate of Orkney was a lot warmer than today. The Island could support a large community who lived off fish and shellfish and burnt peat from the inland moors of Orkney. The Ring of Brodgar is built inland on a narrow piece of land with the Lochs of Stenness and Harray on either side. The stone circle is 104 metres (341 ft) in diameter with originally around 60 stones. The surrounding fitch is 3 metres (9.8 ft) deep, 9 metres (30 ft) wide and 380 metres (1,250 ft) in circumference. It is cut out of the underlying sandstone rock which would have taken an incredible effort to dig for the stone age community of Orkney. The Ring of Brodgar is part of a series neolithic monuments. Within 2 square miles (5.2 km2) there are the two circle henges, four chambered tombs, groups of standing stones, single stones, barrows, cairns, and mounds. The purpose of the Ring of Brodgar will probably never be known. It has always been assumed that the great Neolithic rings were centre of some sort of religious ritual. Because of the diverse geology of Orkney, geologists have been able to work out exactly where each of the stones originated from . This has shown that each stone is from a different part of the island suggesting that each stone may represent a clan. This may mean that the Ring of Bridgar was a meeting place for the island clans. The Ring of Brodgar is an enigmatic site which links us back to our neolithic ancestors. It is incredible that it has survived the ravages of the last 4000 years to give us a glimpse of a lost neolithic civilisation that once thrived on Orkney.High resolution stock royalty free images of food picture images to download on line

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Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring_of_Brodgar
Historic Environment Scotland https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/ring-of-brodgar-stone-circle-and-henge/history/
UNESCO World Heritage https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/514/

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