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View of stone circle including fallen stone.

O 1449

Description View of stone circle including fallen stone.

Date 24/8/1894

Collection Erskine Beveridge

Catalogue Number O 1449

Category Photographs and Off-line Digital Images

Copies SC 336545

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 a view of part of the stone circle and the surrounding outer ditch. Despite the size and depth of the ditch, there is no trace of a bank on either side. All the rock and soil dug up to create the ditch appears to have been removed from the site. 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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Collection Level (551 59) Papers of Erskine Beveridge, antiquarian, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland

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