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Neolithic Structures unearthed at Brodgar

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From: Sigurd Towrie
Subject: Neolithic Structures unearthed at Brodgar

A suspected Neolithic house on the Ness of Brodgar in Stenness was uncovered at the weekend but subsequently reburied.

Unearthed by Beverley Ballin-Smith and Gert Peterson of Glasgow University's archaeological research division, the site at Brodgar Farm lies half-way between the Ring of Brodgar and the Standing Stones of Stenness.

But although the find is another exciting one for Orkney, the visiting archaeologists had no remit to excavate. Because the site is within Orkney's World Heritage Site, a decision must first be made on how best to deal with it.

The round structure is much like the ones at nearby Barnhouse and last year's geophysics survey of the area suggests that there are at least three in the area - which is also halfway between the waters of the Stenness and the Harray Lochs, on an area of high ground in line with the entrance to the Brodgar ring.

I visited the site today and will be writing up a complete article for The Orcadian (and Orkneyjar) later this week.

Sigurd Towrie
Blackhall - Kirbister - Stromness - Orkney
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nickbrand Posted by nickbrand
8th April 2003ce

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