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A timeline of the major monuments

When it comes to interpreting the surviving archaeology in Orkney World Heritage Site, it helps to consider how they fit into a timeline of the site.

This timeline shows the development of the known monuments in the area.

Barnhouse Settlement founded 3300 BC (approx)
Skara Brae founded 3200 BC (approx)
Standing Stones of Stenness 3100 BC (approx)
Maeshowe 2700 BC (approx)
Barnhouse Settlement abandoned 2600 BC (approx)
Structure Eight at Barnhouse built 2600BC (approx)
Ring of Brodgar Some time between
2500 BC - 2000BC
Skara Brae abandoned 2200 BC