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'Finest' Neolithic stone discovered at Orkney's Ness of Brodgar

An intricately-inscribed stone described as potentially the finest example of Neolithic art found in the UK for several decades has been found in Orkney.
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Neolithic discovery: why Orkney is the centre of ancient Britain

Long before the Egyptians began the pyramids, Neolithic man built a vast temple complex at the top of what is now Scotland.
This is the heartland of the Neolithic North, a bleak, mysterious place that has made Orkney a magnet for archaeologists, historians and other researchers. For decades they have tramped the island measuring and excavating its great Stone Age sites. The land was surveyed, mapped and known until a recent chance discovery revealed that for all their attention, scientists had completely overlooked a Neolithic treasure that utterly eclipses all others on Orkney - and in the rest of Europe.

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A huge Neolithic cathedral, unlike anything else which can be seen in Britain, has been found in Orkney.
Archaeologists said that the building would have dwarfed the island's landmarks from the Stone Age - the Ring of Brodgar and the Standing Stones of Stenness. Nick Card, who is leading the dig at the Ness of Brodgar, said that the cathedral, which would have served the whole of the north of Scotland, would have been constructed to "amaze" and "create a sense of awe" among those who saw it.

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Orkney wind farm plans rejected
A plan to site three wind turbines near to a World Heritage Site, has been rejected by Scottish Ministers, according to a report in the newspaper Orkney Today.

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With the northernmost ditch exposed for less than 24 hours, work to backfill both ditch trenches at the Ring of Brodgar was completed today, Friday, August 1.
Its now a case of waiting for the results of post-excavation tests to see whether the unanswered questions surrounding the monument can be answered once and for all.

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The Orkney World Heritage Site Ranger Service is offering free Weekly guided walks around the Ring of Brodgar, a† stone circle dating from the Neolithic period.

Time: Thursdays 1 pm†††† †
Meet: Ring of Brodgar Car Park.
Info: WHS Ranger Service† 01856 841 732
Bring: Waterproofs, warm clothing and suitable footwear.

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The Public Local Inquiry into the application to site a windfarm at Merranblo, near Stromness, is due to open in the town next Monday.
An independent assessor from the Scottish Government's Inquiry Reporters Unit will chair the inquiry, at the Royal Hotel, Stromness, beginning at 10am on Monday, which is scheduled to last for eight days.
The applicants, landowner Major Malcolm Macrae of Binscarth who owns the Breckness Estate, and Stromness-based energy specialists Scotrenewables, which would build the three wind turbine development, will restate the case for going ahead with the scheme.

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Prehistoric enclosure discovered at Brodgar
Workmen building a new visitor car park for the Ring o' Brodgar (Orkney, Scotland) have unearthed what could be the remains of a huge prehistoric walled enclosure between the Stenness and Harray lochs. Construction work was halted last week following the discovery of a segment of wall on the site. The find turned up on the last day of a watching brief Ė where archaeologists monitor operations to ensure no archaeological remains are disturbed or damaged.
The site lies a few hundred yards to the north of the stone circle, by the shore on the Harray loch and on the Sandwick side of the Ness o' Brodgar.

"We originally thought it might be some piece of medieval ruin, but it soon became clear that what we had was extremely well-built and appeared to be much older. The structure was right at the very edge of the proposed car park and, although pieces had been removed in the more recent past, it turned out to be a massive, beautifully built wall about one metre across and surviving in parts to up to about a foot high. Going back to the aerial photographs we have of the area, and studying them closer, it would appear what we originally thought was a geological feature could actually be a prehistoric wall continuing out across the ness in a massive arc. Itís early days yet, but the wall seems to have formed a huge circular enclosure, with an estimated diameter of 100 metres. This, together with its proximity to the Ring of Brodgar, is very interesting and potentially incredibly important to our understanding of the area and its use." - Nick Card, Orkney Archaeology Trustís projects manager.

To give an idea of the size of the enclosure, the nearby Ring of Brodgar has a diameter of 103.6 metres.
The archaeologists plan to use resistivity scans to provide a clear picture of the extent of the construction. This involves passing an electrical current through the ground at regular points on a survey grid. Because electrical resistance in the soil varies, and is affected by the presence of archaeological features, the patterns of resistance in the soil can be recorded, plotted and interpreted. Meanwhile, to preserve the ancient wall, the car park is being moved a few metres to an area clear of archaeology.

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