HY3012 : The Watch Stone

taken 1 year ago, near to Sultigeo, Orkney Islands, Great Britain

The Watch Stone
The Watch Stone
The Watch Stone is an outlier of the Stones of Stenness situated 600' (183m) to the northwest of the nearest stone of that circle. (see HY3012 : Looking towards the Watch Stone from Stenness)
it is the tallest stone of the entire local group, being approximately 18'6" (5.6m) high; it is also 5' (1.5m) wide and 16" (40cm) thick.
According to the Canmore website LinkExternal link
"In 1930, when the bank at the side of the road was cut into in order to obtain material for repair, the stump of a second monolith was found close to the edge of the Loch of Stenness and about 14 yards SSW of the `Watch Stone'. Unfortunately it has now been removed. The stump was 4ft 9in wide, 5in thick, and at least 3ft high, while its broken top was immediately beneath the
original surface of the ground."
The Stones of Stenness
The Stones of Stenness are one of the oldest of all the numerous Neolithic (New Stone Age) sites to be found scattered among the Isles of Orkney. They are amongst a group of Neolithic monuments and structures to be found towards the western side of Mainland, Orkney.
Radio-Carbon dating suggests a date for this stone circle (or more likely an ellipse) of around 3100BC (over 5000 years ago).
It is thought that the original plan was for 12 stones to form the ellipse, but that only 10 were ever erected, and now just four original stones remain along with a "hearth" formed of three stones that it is thought was brought here at a later date from its original site at Barnhouse.
The megaliths here are considerably larger than those found in the nearby Ring of Brodgar, which lies approximately one mile to the north-west. Between these two monuments, but much closer to Stenness is a single megalith known as the Watch Stone, this is situated overlooking the SE end of the Brig o' Brodgar - the narrowest part of the isthmus. This isthmus separates the Loch of Harray (to the north) from the Loch of Stenness (to the south). Harray is an inland loch containing fresh water, whereas the Loch of Stenness is a sea loch with an outlet or connection to the sea via "The Bush", but the narrowness of this channel means that the water in the loch is brackish.
The Stones of Stenness are classed as a henge monument, perhaps the oldest known example of a Henge anywhere in Britain. Originally the stone circle would have been surrounded by a ditch 13' (4m) wide and 7' (2.3m) deep. The entire enclosure would have had a diameter of about 144' (44m) with the stones themselves having a major axis (longest diameter of the ellipse) of about 105' (32m)
The Stones of Stenness form part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage Site LinkExternal link
For more information follow these Canmore website links:
Stones of Stenness (ring): LinkExternal link
Barnhouse: LinkExternal link
Watch Stone: LinkExternal link
Stone of Odin: LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 6 September, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 30 January, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Island (from Tags)
Orkney Mainland 
Period (from Tags)
Neolithic 
Primary Subject of Photo
Standing Stone 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HY 3054 1264 [10m precision]
WGS84: 58:59.7125N 3:12.6346W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HY 30682 12521
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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