Welcome to Orkneyjar - a website
dedicated to the preserving, exploring and documenting the ancient history, folklore
and traditions of Orkney - a group of islands lying off the northern tip of Scotland,
Spotlight A brief selection of topics covered
Archaeology on the Ness
Although the megaliths on the Ness of Brodgar are the most striking remains of Orkney's ancient past, they are but the tip of the iceberg.
The landscape surrounding the Ring o' Brodgar and the Standing Stones o' Stenness is littered with archaeological sites - many of which go unnoticed by visitor, and local, alike.
The Brodgar ring, for example, is surrounded by a complex of Bronze Age burial barrows, mounds, cairns and prehistoric earthworks. The four large mounds - Salt Knowe, Fresh Knowe, South Knowe and Plumcake Knowe - were excavated in the early 19th century.