HY3012 : The Stones of Stenness - view from the South

taken 5 years ago, near to Sultigeo, Orkney Islands, Great Britain

The Stones of Stenness - view from the South
The Stones of Stenness - view from the South
A general view of the Stones of Stenness which have stood for about 5000 years to the south-east of the isthmus known as the Ness of Brodgar. They are somewhat older than the nearby Ring of Brodgar to the northwest.
See shared description below:
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)
Thursday, 26 January, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Islands 
Island (from Tags)
Orkney Mainland 
Period (from Tags)
Primary Subject of Photo
Stone Circle 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HY 3068 1250 [10m precision]
WGS84: 58:59.6385N 3:12.4858W
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OSGB36: geotagged! HY 30671 12444
View Direction
NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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