Stones of Stenness

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The Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar are two of Britains best-preserved prehistoric monuments. They were built between 5,400 and 4,500 years ago. Our best guess as to their function is that they were involved in activities and ceremonies celebrating the relationship between living and past communities.

Archaeologists call monuments of this kind henge monuments. The henge itself was the substantial ditch and outer bank, a considerable physical obstacle around the circle of standing stones. The only way into and out of the circle was via causeways (one in the case of Stenness, two at Brodgar).

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This stone is ninteen feet tall, five feet wide and just over a foot thick.

World Heritage Site

The Heart of Neolithic Orkney was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1999. The Site is composed of the chambered tomb of Maeshowe, the Stones of Stenness, the Barnhouse Stone, the Watchstone, the Ring of Brodgar and associated funerary monuments and stone settings, and Skara Brae settlement.


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About 5 miles North East of Stromness on the B9055.


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