HY2913 : Stones of the Ring of Brodgar

taken 2 years ago, near to Sultigeo, Orkney Islands, Great Britain

Stones of the Ring of Brodgar
Stones of the Ring of Brodgar
The stones here can also be seen in HY2913 : Ring of Brodgar - southern section of the ring though taken a little further along (anticlockwise). The second stone from the camera (with my wife looking at it) was cleaved in two by lightning on 5th June 1980 - a fate that it is thought may have befallen other stones in the ring in the past resulting in the damage seen to a number of the stones.
The Ring of Brodgar
The Ring of Brodgar is one of the chief sites of Neolithic Orkney. Like the nearby Stones of Stenness it is categorised as a "Henge" monument - that is to say a type of Neolithic earthwork consisting of a circular or oval bank with an internal ditch within which there is a central flat area, the whole exceeding 20m (66 ft) diameter.
The ring is thought to have been erected between 2500 and 2000 BC (4-4 thousand years ago) making it perhaps a thousand years younger than the nearby Stones of Stenness.
With a diameter of 103.6 metres (340 ft), the Brodgar ring is the third largest stone circle in the British Isles (after the outer ring of stones at Avebury and the Greater Ring at Stanton Drew). Interestingly, Brodgar is exactly the same size as Avebury's two inner rings.
The area covered by the Ring of Brodgar is c. 8,435m (just over 2 acres)
The Ring of Brodgar forms part of the UNESCO Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site LinkExternal link - Its inclusion gaining the remark "The Ring of Brodgar is the finest known truly circular late Neolithic or early Bronze Age stone ring and a later expression of the spirit which gave rise to Maeshowe, Stenness and Skara Brae."
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Detailed Map (Plan of ring): LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 6 September, 2016   (more nearby)
Monday, 30 January, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Place (from Tags)
Ring of Brodgar 
Period (from Tags)
Island (from Tags)
Orkney Mainland 
Primary Subject of Photo
Stone Circle 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HY 2947 1330 [10m precision]
WGS84: 59:0.0575N 3:13.7643W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HY 2942 1329
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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Neolithic Site Orkney  Neolithic Stone Circle 

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