HY2913 : Ring of Brodgar - Split stone

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

Ring of Brodgar - Split stone
Ring of Brodgar - Split stone
This large standing stone, one of those making up the Ring of Brodgar, has been quite severely split; perhaps like the recumbent stone seen in HY2913 : Stones of the Ring of Brodgar it was once struck or glanced by lightning.
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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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 2939 1339 [10m precision]
WGS84: 59:0.1052N 3:13.8496W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HY 2938 1334
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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