Ancient sites – Ring of Brodgar in Ornkey

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The Ring of Brodgar stone circle is an iconic symbol of Orkney’s prehistoric past. Twenty-seven stones remain of an original sixty in the impressive stone circle, known as Ring of Brodgar or Brogar and set up on a slope facing east. The stones are part of a henge monument, and the surrounding ditch and bank can still be made out, with entrances on the NW and SE. The circle had a diameter of about 110 m (120 yards) and the tallest stone today measures 4.6 m (15 ft). The stones themselves are of red sandstone. The Ring of Brodgar was constructed around 2600BC, within a hundred years of the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt. Free walks around the site are provided by Historic Scotland rangers.

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credit: John W. Schulze

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