August 15, 2014

Ring of Brodgar, Scotland

Photograph by Jim Richardson, National Geographic

Stand at the Ness of Brodgar on Scotland's Orkney Islands and several iconic Stone Age structures are within easy view, forming the core of a World Heritage site called the Heart of Neolithic Orkney. On a heather-clad knoll half a mile away rises a giant Tolkienesque circle of stones known as the Ring of Brodgar. Discovered little more than a decade ago, the mysterious temple complex on the Ness is now believed to be the epicenter of what was once a vast ritualistic landscape. The site’s extraordinary planning, craftsmanship, and thousand-year history are helping rewrite our entire understanding of Neolithic Britain.

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