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Appiehouse Standing Stone / Menhir
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Berrydale Round Barrow(s)
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Breckness Broch (Destroyed)
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The Brecks Cairn(s)
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Broch of Borwick Broch
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Broch of Burgar Broch
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Broch of Gurness Broch
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Broch of Lingro Broch (Destroyed)
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Brockan Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Brough of Bigging Cliff Fort
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Burgar Chambered Cairn
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Burrian Broch Broch
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Burrian (Corrigall) Broch
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Burrian (Russland) Broch
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Chapel Knowe Broch
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Costa Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Crantit Souterrain
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Dale Souterrain
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Deepdale Standing Stones
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Dounby House Round Barrow(s)
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East House Round Barrow(s)
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The Fairy Knowe Chambered Cairn
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Grain Souterrain Souterrain
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Grimston Broch
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Grind Round Barrow(s)
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Gyre Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Harraymen's Graves Stone Row / Alignment
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Henge Round Barrow(s)
17 posts
The Hillock Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Hillock of Breakna Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Hill of Heddle Round Barrow(s)
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4 sites
The Howe Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Howe Harper Cairn(s)
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Hundland Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Hurkisgarth Round Barrow(s)
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Ingshowe Broch Broch
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Kirbister Hill Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Knowes of Howana Round Barrow(s)
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Knowes of Lingro Round Barrow(s)
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Knowes of Trotty Cairn(s)
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Knowes of Yonbell Cairn(s)
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Knowe of Angerow Round Barrow(s)
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Knowe of Buckquoy Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Knowe of Crustan Round Barrow(s)
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Knowe of Dishero Broch
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Knowe of Geoso Chambered Cairn
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Knowe of Grugar Broch
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Knowe of Gullow Broch
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Knowe of Makerhouse Burnt Mound / Fulacht Fia
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Knowe of Midgarth Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Knowe of Nebigarth Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Knowe of Nesthouse Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Knowe of Skorn Chambered Cairn
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Knowe of Stenso Broch
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Knowe of Verron Broch
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Konger's Knowe Round Barrow(s)
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Leafea Standing Stones
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Linga Fold Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Lingrow Chambered Tomb (Destroyed)
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Linnahowe Artificial Mound (Destroyed)
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Loch of Clumly Broch (Destroyed)
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Lower Arsdale Carving
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Lyde Road Round Barrow(s)
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Millhouse Round Barrow(s)
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Mittens Round Barrow(s)
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Ness of Woodwick Broch
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Nether Bigging Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Nettletar Broch
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Newan Chambered Cairn
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North Biggin Broch
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Oxtro Broch Broch (Destroyed)
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Oyce of Isbister Round Barrow(s)
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Peterkirk Broch (Destroyed)
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Pickaquoy Artificial Mound
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Pickaquoy Cairn(s)
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Point of Buckquoy Round Barrow(s)
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Point of Onston Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Quanterness Chambered Tomb
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Queena Fjold Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Quholm, Burn of Una Burnt Mound / Fulacht Fia
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Quinni Moan Round Barrow(s)
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Quoyelsh Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Quoys Chambered Cairn
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Redland North Chambered Cairn
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Redland South Chambered Cairn
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Rennibister Souterrain
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Rosemount and Easthouse Round Barrow(s)
13 posts
Russel Howe Cairn(s)
6 posts
Sandyhall Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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1 site
Saverock Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Seven Knowes Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Shennar Howe Cairn(s)
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Skara Brae Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
6 posts
Snaba Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Spurdagrove Standing Stone / Menhir
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1 site
Stackrue Broch Stone Fort / Dun
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Stanerandy Standing Stone / Menhir
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2 sites
Staney Hill Standing Stone / Menhir
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Stockan Cairn(s)
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2 sites
Stones of Via Burial Chamber
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St Mary's Kirk (Isbister) Broch
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Tingwall Broch (Destroyed)
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Unstan Cairn(s)
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Vestrafiold Cairn(s)
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Vetquoy Round Barrow(s)
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Vola Round Barrow(s)
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Voy Burnt Mound / Fulacht Fia
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Voy Crannog
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Ward Hill Round Barrow(s)
15 posts
Wheebin Standing Stone / Menhir
8 posts
Wideford Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn
Sites of disputed antiquity:
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Burn of Cruland Standing Stone / Menhir
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The Cairns, Hall of Ireland Cairn(s)
3 posts
Crossiecrown Cairn(s)
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Graystane Standing Stone / Menhir
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Harproo Dyke
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Harray Viewpoint Broch
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Hourston Crannog
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Loch of Boardhouse Standing Stone / Menhir
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Loch of Skaill Niche Natural Rock Feature
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Lower Hobbister Artificial Mound
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Maesquoy Standing Stones
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Nabban Cist
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Nether Crantit Souterrain
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Ravie Hill Standing Stone / Menhir
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Skaill Church Standing Stones
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Skaill road Standing Stones
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South Seatter Standing Stones
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Standing Stones Hotel Chambered Cairn
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St. Magnus's Well Sacred Well
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Upper Garson Standing Stones
42 posts
Wasdale Crannog
10 posts
Wideford Hill Dyke

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Firth settlement compared to Ness of Brodgar

A geophysics image produced for an investigation at Redland in the parish of Firth of a site occupied ~3300-2000BCE clearly shows a boundary around round houses, and this wall/ditch has been compared by those concerned with the Great Wall at the Ness of Brodgar in the parish of Stenness.
http://orkneyarchaeologysociety.org.uk/index.php/features/redlands-investigtion
wideford Posted by wideford
23rd April 2013ce

a Wideford Hill site re-discovered ?


"Orkney Today" and "The Orcadian" of June 4th 2009 report the discovery of a potential tomb at Heathfield, beehive shaped and built straight into the bedrock. There is a lintelled space opposite the corbelled cell... continues...
wideford Posted by wideford
4th June 2009ce
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BROUGH OF BIRSAY SAFE CROSSING
Radio Orkney has discontinued their early morning tide times for tourists to reach the Brough of Birsay. Their system took three-and-a-half hours off the Kirkwall low tide and then allowed five hours for safe crossing. Ocassionally this proved conservative but on very rare occasions folk still got stuck. The reports will be resumed when/if a more reliable method is found.
wideford Posted by wideford
13th May 2010ce

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The Standing Stones of Stenness (Stone Circle) — Folklore

Tales From Eynhallow by Thelma Nicol

STANDING STONES

Mammy! Mammy!” Whut wey did that big stones git there?” Peedie Davo tugged at his mother’s sleeve. His mother was tired of Davo’s never ending questions about the great pieces of stone that formed the familiar landscape by the Loch of Stenness she promised, that if he was good she would tell him at bedtime, hoping that by that time he would have forgotten. She had not reckoned with peedie Davo’s determination to get an answer to his question.

“You promised Mammy,” he whispered as she tucked him up in bed. “Whut wey did they git there?” His mother shook her head and sat down wearily on the stool by his bedside. “Weel,” she began, “hid wis a long time ago and I canna mind the rights o’ hid bit hid wis afore the Norsemen cam tae Orkney, so they must be thoosands o’ years ould.”

“Oulder than Grandad?” Davo enquired, looking across the lobby where his Grandfather drowsed by the fire in the kitchen.

“Oh yass, far oulder than Grandad. There wisna many folk bade in Orkney at the time. All the folk lived doon sooth thoo see’s. They say that t he standing stones reach doon intae the grund twice as far as they stand abune hid .”

“Whut wey did they git doon there then I winder?” Peedie Davo’s enquiry into the origin of the Standing Stones of Stenness was proving to be more of a problem than his mother had ever imagined.

“Well,” she struggled on, “shut thee eyes like a good boy noo, and I’ll tell thee.” With fingers crossed that he would soon fall asleep she began. “Hid wis a midsummer’s night . The day hid been hot an quiet, not the usual breezy kind o’ wither that we usually hiv in June. The sky wis somet imes owercast and a rumble o’ thunder cam fae the direction o’ Hoy. There wis great flashes o’ lightning. A’ the birds wir quiet and the twa three folk that lived aboot hands wir huddled taegither. The bairns were a sleepan snug and warm under thir sealskin blankets.”

Peedie Davo’s mother paused and glanced hopefully at her small son. “Did the thunder come again Mammy?” he asked.?

“Oh yass,” she answered. “More thunder and rain like they have niver seen the like o’ afore or since. Suddenly there wis a great flash o’ lightning and the grund roond aboot Stenness wis thrown up like hid wis an earthquake. Some o’ the big stones landed upright and the grund fell back and filled up the holes except whar the Loch is noo. It filled up wae the rain water and so there’s been a loch there ever since and nobody’s ever bothered tae shift the stones so they are still there too. The twa three folk that hid lived in Stenness at that time wir thrown up in the air bit they landed in Stromness and decided to stay there. And that‘s the weyt here’s more folk in Stromness than in Stenness.”

There was a gentle snore from the bed and a sigh from peedie Davo’s mother as she whispered: “Whit a lot o’ lees thee mither tells thee Davo. Bit the truth is she disno ken whut wey the stones cam tae be there and nither dis anybody else. Goodnight Davo!”
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
19th June 2017ce

Broch of Gurness — Folklore

Broch Of Gurness by Thelma Nicol

from the Tales Of Eynhallow

I wandered round these ancient ruins,
With thoughts so far away,
I thought of hallowed customs,
When people here did stay.

And then I touched some weathered stones,
Someone had built with care,
Fashioned with an artist's touch,
Although no tools were there.

A hollowed stone where once a maid,
Had ground the corn for bread,
Blackened stones upon the floor,
Say: "Here a fire was laid".

Some skins spread on the floor, perhaps,
To keep the small room warm,
And in this ancient home, no doubt,
Children too were born.

A thousand years ago or more,
These warriors hunted deer,
And fashioned with their work worn hands,
Bead and bowl and spear.

Perhaps a thousand years from now,
Someone will wander round,
The ruins of our modern homes,
All scattered on the ground.

Will some machine-made cooking pot,
Or factory-fashioned cup,
Remain a thousand years somewhere,
For someone to pick up?
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
15th June 2017ce

Skara Brae (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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22nd May 2017ce
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