The Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site
Orkney Islands, Scotland

Skara BraeThe Orkney Islands have preserved some of the most impressive prehistoric sites in Europe. They boast standing stones, settlements, cairns and archaeological landscapes that have survived for at least 5000 years.

The Heart of Neolithic Orkney WHS is made up of the chambered tomb of Maeshowe, the Stones of Stenness, the Barnhouse Stone, the Watch Stone, the Ring of Brodgar with its associated funerary monuments and the Skara Brae settlement. Together these form one of the richest surviving Neolithic landscapes in western Europe.

Scanning of the Orkney World Heritage Site was carried out in August 2010.


Maeshowe 3D Animation

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The Scottish Ten
"The monuments of Orkney, dating back to 3000–2000 BC, are outstanding testimony to the cultural achievements of the Neolithic peoples of northern Europe."  Recommendation for the site's inscription to UNESCO