Scot snaps pic of ancient Orkney settlement older than Great Pyramid of Giza

A Scottish photographer has shared a snap of the “absolutely spectacular” neolithic Skara Brae settlement on Orkney, and it has a fascinating history dating back further than the Egyptian pyramids

A Scots photographer has snapped an incredible picture of an ancient settlement on Orkney that is older that Great Pyramid of Giza.

By Alexander Smail

Jimmy Ireland shared this photo of the “absolutely spectacular” Skara Brae. The stone-built Neolithic settlement is located on the Bay of Skaill on the west coast of the largest island in the Orkney archipelago. The once-thriving village is said to be the best-preserved group of prehistoric houses in the whole of Western Europe.

Skara Brae dates back to around 3000BC, making it older than Stonehenge and even the Egyptian pyramids. It is part of The Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Over the years, a number of artefacts have been discovered at the site. These include gaming dice, hand tools, pottery and jewelery.

Other notable features of Skara Brae include stone hearths, beds, and cupboards. There is even a primitive drainage system that is thought to have carried waste to the ocean.

Taking to the Scotland from the Roadside Facebook group, Jimmy uploaded the stunning photo and wrote: “Words can’t describe how fantastically amazing this place is.

“It’s a must see, if it isn’t on your bucket list. Why not?”

He added: “The absolutely spectacular Neolithic Skara Brae is located in Skail Bay, Orkney. At over 5,000 years young it is older than the Great Pyramids of Giza and Stonehenge, people lived at Skara Brae for over 600 years from 3100BC to 2500BC.

“In the distance Skail House, home to William Graham Watt, 7th Laird of Breckness whom following a storm in 1850 discovered what was and still is one of the most important archaeological discoveries of our time.”

Since being posted, the photo has hundreds of likes from fellow Facebook users. Dozens of people have also left comments sharing their thoughts on the “interesting” site.

One wrote: “Orkney in general is a great visit. You can’t throw a stick without hitting something ancient.”

“Such an interesting place to visit,” said a second, while a third commented: “Yes it is a great site to visit.”

Another shared: “Was on my bucket list, finally got to go there with my wife this year. The best birthday treat I’ve ever had.”

Jimmy runs a Facebook page called O Flower of Scotland, where he shares his “passion for Scotland, its history, and scenery”.

Hundreds gather for soggy solstice at Stonehenge

On the occasion of the solstice, hundreds of pagans, druids and other revelers gathered at dawn Friday to touch the stones and celebrate the shortest day of the year.

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A person wears a costume as people gather at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, western England, on the winter solstice to witness the sunrise after the longest night of the year Friday Dec. 22, 2017. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)

Is Stonehenge a Giant Ritualistic Shadow Puppet Dick? 

Stonehenge: More like Dickhenge? One archaeologist posits such a theory ..

The Telegraph points to new analysis by Professor Terence Meaden, who looked at stone circles across Britain, including Stonehenge, “filming their changing silhouettes during sunrise on ritually significant dates of the year.” He argues that the purpose of these sites was, essentially, to create giant shadow dicks for ritual purposes. “My basic discovery is that many stone circles were built at a time of a fertility religion, and that stones were positioned such that at sunrise on auspicious dates of the year phallic shadows would be cast from a male-symbolic stone to a waiting female-symbolic stone,” said Meaden. Regarding Stonehenge specifically:

“At Stonehenge on days of clear sunrise the shadow of the externally sited phallic Heel Stone penetrates the great monument in the week of the summer solstice and finally arrives at the recumbent Altar Stone, which is symbolically female. Devised in the late Neolithic this could be a dramatic visual representation of the cosmic consummation of the gods between a sky father and the earth mother goddess.”

This is not the prevailing interpretation of the site, which has in recent years has yielded interesting new finds thanks to advancing technology.  [ . . . ] More: Is Stonehenge a Giant Ritualistic Shadow Puppet Dick? 

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