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HES is currently undertaking essential maintenance on our web services. This will limit access to services in the following ways:

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Archaeology InSites

Age of Stone
Age of Bronze
Age of Iron
Age of Invasion
Age of Warriors
Age of Worship
Age of Kings
Age of Clans
Age of Industry
Age of Leisure
Age of War
This Age

Age of Stone

The Age of Stone ventures into the depths of prehistory to explore the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic. From scatters of stone tools and traces of domestic houses, to chambered cairns and rock art; this age gave rise to monumental architecture and the adoption of farming, and has left a lasting legacy on Scotland’s landscape to this day.

Hill O' Many Stanes Stone Row - Clyth, Caithness, Highland

Scotland has many impressive stone rows, settings and circles. Whilst those with the largest stones tend to receive the most attention, the mysterious site of Hill O' Many Stanes beautifully demonstrates that height isn't necessarily everything, and that quantity can be just as impressive.

Ballochmyle Cup and Ring marked rock - Mauchline, East Ayrshire

In 1986, while clearing vegetation, estate workers near Machline in Ayrshire discovered a rock face covered in cup and ring marks. It turned out to be one of the largest areas of rock art found in the UK so far. But what are these marks and what is their place in the wider archaeological context?