800 years older than Stongehenge


Stonehenge is a site which causes one to feel the presence of its ancient visitors.  I first visited it in the 1970s when one could still walk inside the site. Now in the Orkney Islands northeast of the northern tip of Scotland, some 500 miles north of Stonehenge is a much older, and larger site..

Archaeologists feel this is the most important stoneage site yet discovered in England.  What a find.

Fr. Orthohippo

A 5000-year-old temple in Orkney could be more important than Stonehenge, according to archaeologists.

The site, known as the Ness of Brodgar, was investigated by BBC2 documentary A History of Ancient Britain, with presenter Neil Oliver describing it as ‘the discovery of a lifetime’.

So far the remains of 14 Stone Age buildings have been excavated, but thermal geophysics technology has revealed that there are 100 altogether, forming a kind of temple precinct.

'More important than Stonehenge': The temple precinct being uncovered in Orkney contains 100 Stone Age buildings‘More important than Stonehenge’: The temple precinct being uncovered in Orkney contains 100 Stone Age buildings

Until now Stonehenge was considered to have been the centre of Neolithic culture, but that title may now go to the Orkney site, which contains Britain’s earliest known wall paintings.

Oliver said: ‘The excavation of a vast network of buildings on Orkney is allowing us to recreate an entire Stone Age world.

‘It’s opening a window onto the mysteries of Neolithic religion.’

Big draw: Britain's earliest examples of artwork have been found on the walls at the Orkney siteBig draw: Britain’s earliest examples of artwork have been found on the walls at the Orkney site
The site in Orkney is surrounded by Neolithic remainsThe site in Orkney is surrounded by other Neolithic remains

Experts believe that the site will give us insights into what Neolithic people believed about the world and the universe.

Nick Card, an archaeologist from the University of the Highlands and Islands, said: ‘It’s an archaeologist’s dream site. The excitement of the site never fades.

‘This site is a one-off.’

Professor Mark Edmonds from the University of York, meanwhile, describes the excavation as ‘a site of international importance’.

Some parts of the temple are 800 years older than Stonehenge, which lies 500 miles to the south in Wiltshire.

The site is very close to the Ring of Brodgar stone circle and the standing stones of Stenness and is surrounded by a wall believed to have been 10-feet high.

Archaeologists found red zigzag lines on some of the buildings’ inner walls that they believe is Stone Age art – the oldest ever found.

So far only around 10 per cent of the site has been examined – and it could take decades to uncover and analyse everything there.

Golden oldie: The megalithic archaeological stone circle called The Ring of Brodgar is nearbyGolden oldie: The megalithic archaeological stone circle called The Ring of Brodgar is nearby

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2081254/Stone-Age-temple-Orkney-significant-Stonehenge.html#ixzz1iLV8W0sz

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2081254/Stone-Age-temple-Orkney-significant-Stonehenge.html#ixzz1iLUZojFX

Advertisements

About Fr. Orthohippo

The blog of a retired Anglican priest (MSJ), his musings, journey, humor, wonderment, and comments on today's scene.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s