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Stones of Stenness

SC 345622

Description Stones of Stenness

Catalogue Number SC 345622

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of D 94049 CS

Scope and Content Henge monument and stone circle at Stones of Stenness, Orkney Islands This henge is defined by a broad ditch and outer bank and has a single entrance on the NW. Cultivation has almost completely destroyed any trace of the bank and ditch. A stone circle, which may have originally comprised 12 stones, lies in the interior. This photograph shows the narrow rock-cut tip of the W terminal of the ditch. This feature is unusual and may have been cut as an extension, after the main circuit of ditch had been dug. This henge survives as a slight earthwork and is situated on a broad flat promontory at the S end of the Bridge of Brodgar. Excavations were carried out in 1973-4 to investigate the interior and examine the relationship between the henge and stone circle. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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