MessageToEagle.com - The excavations at the Ness of Brodgar have been attracting a lot of attention recently and now it's time for yet another surprise that could re-write the history of Scotland and change our image of prehistoric people who inhabited this region.
Ness of Brodgar is an archaeological site 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.
Although archaeological dig at the Ness of Brodgar are still at early stages, some very surprising and interesting discoveries have been made. Some of these findings will force us to re-evaluate our understanding of how our ancestors lived.
"A groundbreaking excavation of a 5,000-year-old temple complex in Orkney has uncovered evidence to suggest that prehistoric people were a great deal more sophisticated than previously thought," The Scotman reports.
"Until as recently as 30 years ago, the Ring of Brodgar, the Stones of Stenness, and the Maes Howe tomb, all in Orkney, were seen as isolated monuments with separate histories. Now it appears they were built as part of a connected community, although its purpose remains unknown."
|"What the Ness is telling us is that this was a much more integrated landscape than anyone ever suspected," archaeologist Nick Card, excavation director with 'the Archaeology Institute at the University of the Highlands and Islands said.In his opinion the ancient ruins are turning British pre-history on its head.|
"All these monuments are inextricably linked in some grand theme we can only guess at.
They quarried thousands of tons of fine-grained sandstone, trimmed it, dressed it, then transported it several miles to a grassy promontory with commanding views of the surrounding countryside.
Their workmanship was impeccable. The imposing walls they built would have done credit to the Roman centurions who, some 30 centuries later, would erect Hadrian's Wall in another part of Britain. Cloistered within those walls were dozens of buildings, among them one of the largest roofed structures built in prehistoric northern Europe. It was more than 80ft long and 60ft wide, with walls 13ft thick, Smith said.
Smith noted that the complex featured paved walkways, carved stonework, coloured facades, even slate roofs at a time when buildings were usually covered with turf, hides, or thatch.
On a heather-clad knoll half a mile away rises a giant Tolkienesque circle of stones known as the Ring of Brodgar," Smith said.
"A second ceremonial stone circle, the famous Stones of Stenness, is visible across the causeway leading up to the Ness. And one mile away is an eerie mound called Maes Howe, an enormous chambered tomb more than 4,500 years old."
Smith added: "The Ness of Brodgar appears to be the anchor piece - the showpiece, if you will - that links these other great monuments into one great monumental landscape of a sort nobody had dreamed existed. And to have had it lying underfoot, unsuspected, for so many centuries only adds to the sense of wonder surrounding its discovery.
"What fascinated and surprised me personally was the engaging humanity of these Neolithic ruins.
"The long, long ago world they inhabited, the lives they led, seems too remote for me to grasp - at least well enough for my imagination to get some traction. Not at the Ness of Brodgar.
"When I looked at those paved walkways, and admire that incredible craftsmanship in their dry stone work, I could readily imagine the people who built these walls and structures. They came alive to me as real people, just like us, and that gave these ruins a significance to me that Stone Age ruins never have before. It is an exciting find and will continue to be exciting for many years to come."
The fascinating discoveries made at the Ness of Brodgar show us once again that our ancestors were much more advanced than previously thought. In time, all these findings could re-write the history of Scotland as we know it.
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