Skara Brae

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Skara Brae is a stone-built Neolithic settlement, located on the Bay of Skaill on the west coast of Mainland, the largest island in the Orkney archipelago of Scotland. It consists of several clustered houses, and was occupied from roughly 3180 B.C.E.–2200 B.C.E. Europe’s most complete Neolithic village, Skara Brae gained UNESCO World Heritage Site status as one of four sites making up “The Heart of Neolithic Orkney.” The site is one of four World Heritage Sites in Scotland, the others being the Old Town and New Town of Edinburgh; New Lanark in South Lanarkshire; and St Kilda in the Western Isles.

This ancient settlement, established 5,000 years ago (before Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids), is extremely well preserved, hidden under sand for four millennia. It provides an unparalleled opportunity to understand the lives of our remote ancestors. Its importance requires that it continue to be protected while still allowing researchers…

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