Souvenirs From Orkney, Scotland – Ring of Brodgar View
The Ring of Brodgar stone circle at the Ness of Brodgar is an iconic landmark, symbolizing the prehistoric past of Orkney in Scotland. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the third largest stony circular landmark found in the British Isles, after Avebury and Stonehenge. The Brodgar Ring with a diameter of 103.6 meters is assumed to have been erected between 2500 and 2000 BC. Though no documents are available, but it is believed that the Ring of Brodgar stone circle was used for rituals or for astronomical observation of the solstices and equinoxes. A colourful acrylic fridge magnet souvenir of the Ring of Brodgar is a fantastic way to recollect your fond tour memories once you are back home after visiting this famous Neolithic stone circle.
Puzzling Facts About the Ring of Brodgar
After recent excavations, historians believe the surrounded walls had been constructed with precision and they are perfectly straight, which is a stunning architectural feat of the Neolithic age. A radio-carbon dating of the remains of the animal bones found in the site hint that a huge feast ritual was held where hundreds of cattle were slaughtered. But, after this ritual the site seems to have been abandoned.
The Stones of the Brodgar Ring
The Brodgar ring covers an area of about 8435 square meters. Most historians believe the ring was originally made of 60 megalithic stones, but presently only 27 stones remain and 13 out of them are standing. The Brodgar ring is enclosed by a large rock-cut ditch and it has two entrance walkways. All tourists visiting this Brodgar ring will immediately realize that why Ness o’ Brodgar was the apt site to erect such a grand monument. This circular stony landmark practically perches in the heart of a huge natural “cauldron”, created by the hill of the adjoining landscape offers a spectacular view of the surrounding. In close proximity to the east of the Ring of Brodgar, stands the solitary stone, now called the Comet Stone.