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Oblique aerial view of the Ring of Brodgar, henge and stone circle, taken from the W. Also visible are cairns and the 'Comet Stone'

SC 336999

Description Oblique aerial view of the Ring of Brodgar, henge and stone circle, taken from the W. Also visible are cairns and the 'Comet Stone'

Date 1997

Collection RCAHMS Aerial Photography

Catalogue Number SC 336999

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of D 16524 CN

Scope and Content Stone circle and henge known as the Ring of Brodgar, Orkney The Ring of Brodgar consists of a large henge surrounding a stone circle. There are 27 stones standing and another 13 are known. When complete there were probably 60 stones in the circle. The site has been excavated. This is an aerial view of the site. The ring of stones is set within a circular bank and ditch. A total of twenty-seven stones are standing after restoration work. The position of another thirteen stones is known. It has been suggested that the site is a lunar observatory using the Hellia Cliff, on Hoy, as a foresight. This is unlikely as this would have only been possible from 1500 BC. The circle is about 1000 years older than this. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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