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The site contains 100 buildings, forming a 'temple precinct'
Stonehenge may not have been the centre of Neolithic culture after all
It could take decades to fully explore and examine

By Ted Thornhill

A 5000-year-old temple in Orkney could be more important than Stonehenge, according to archaeologists.

The site, known as the Ness of Brodgar, was investigated by BBC2 documentary A History of Ancient Britain, with presenter Neil Oliver describing it as ‘the discovery of a lifetime’.

So far the remains of 14 Stone Age buildings have been excavated, but thermal geophysics technology has revealed that there are 100 altogether, forming a kind of temple precinct....


And for those with an already active interest in the Ness/Scottish Archaeology....the Archeology reports from Orkneyjar below,this dig is not new,it's an ongoing project and has been for some time already....

"By 2008, site director Nick Card felt it was time for a major rethink about the landscape of Orkney’s Neolithic Heartland.

The long-held assumption that the Ring of Brodgar and Standing Stones of Stenness were the centre of activity needs looked at again, said Nick.

“For centuries people have been coming to the Ness and, because it is dominated by the two massive stone rings, it’s come to be assumed that they were the main Neolithic focus of the area. The Ring of Brodgar, in particular, has become regarded as the ceremonial ‘centre’ of the Ness — an assumed significance that is a creation of our modern, 20th century, interpretation of the landscape.

“I would now question that interpretation. Instead of the notion that the Ring of Brodgar was the focus, I wonder whether the stone circles were merely on the periphery of the true ceremonial centre — a massive ceremonial complex, fragments of which are now only coming to light. It’s becoming clear to us now that this complex, in its heyday, must have completely dominated the landscape.”

Picture: Craig TaylorThe excavation site sits halfway between the Ring of Brodgar and the Standing Stones of Stenness. Flanked on both sides by water, access to the Ness could only be gained from the south-east or north-west. As such, visitors had to pass through either the Ring of Brodgar, or Standing Stones of Stenness, as part of their journey....." ... cal-point/

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