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Treasured Places

Event ID 567401

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Treasured Places


The Neolithic settlement at Skara Brae consists of drystone structures linked by paved passageways. Most are built within a mound of midden material that has been packed up against the outer walls, resulting in a semi-subterranean arrangement. Each house is furnished in a similar fashion using stone slabs with repeated elements including central hearths, box-beds and shelved 'dressers'. An exception is House 8, a freestanding building, which may have been used as a workshop.

Remains of at least ten structures have been recorded, but these were not contemporary. The village may have been in use for around five hundred years, the well preserved houses that are currently visible representing the latest phase of rebuilding and occupation.

Information from RCAHMS (SC) 22 June 2007

Ritchie, A 1995

Ritchie, A and Ritchie, G 1998

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