Nature Notes

May 13, 2016

The Ring of Brodgar

Filed under: Landscape,Orkney Isles — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Ring of Brodgar

Ring of Brodgar

The Ring of Brodgar is a wonderful stone monument from Neolithic Orkney. It is part of a wider series of nearby standing stones. Much about this complex set of stone circles, tombs and standing stones is not fully understood including close dating of its manufacture. It is thought to have been built 4,000 to 4,500 years ago. It is difficult to grasp that perhaps 20,000 generations of man have lived and died since it’s construction.

Ring of Brodgar

Ring of Brodgar


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  1. Strange images, beautifully done. One wonders what kind of rituals took place inside such a stone circle – I can imagine all kinds of scenarios, none of them very comforting.

    Comment by Hilke Breder — July 25, 2010 @ 10:55 am

  2. Thank you Hilke:

    It does conjure images of ritual sacrifice but it may also be a calender to regulate work with crops. I’m not sure there is a definitive theory. I have heard that is good luck to sit naked in the center at the time of a full moon but I have not tested the notion. I’m sure the neighbors are glad of that :~)

    Cheers, Harold

    Comment by Harold — July 26, 2010 @ 12:36 am

  3. Beautiful images!

    Comment by Marcelino, D. G — May 16, 2016 @ 8:51 am

  4. Thanks!!

    Comment by Harold — May 16, 2016 @ 10:39 am

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