Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Standing Stones of Stenness

Standing Stones of Stenness by susanvg
Standing Stones of Stenness, a photo by susanvg on Flickr.
Photos: August 7, 2011
It is astonishing to see the many pre-historic sites in the Orkneys. The Standing Stones of Stenness is just one example. They are over 5000 years old. At that time there were settlements of stone age people who farmed. Remnants of one of the villages can be found nearby: Barnhouse Settlement.

Barnhouse Village

You can walk through what was once the doorway and stand where people once lived over 5000 years ago. It is hard to imagine what their lives were like and why they felt the need to erect these large stones. What kinds of rituals took place there?

Down the road is the Ring of Brodgar - a huge stone circle that dates from about 2500 - 2000 BCE. It is quite a mystical experience to walk around the circle, to touch the stones and to hear the sounds of nature. You truly feel connected to history and to the people who have come before.

Ring of Brodgar

If the stones could speak, what would they be saying? What stories would they tell.

Ring of Brodgar

More photos can be found here.

1 comment:

  1. How surreal to be standing amongst those structures. One's imagination would certainly run free!