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more important than Stonehenge

27 January 2015

In 'The Scotsman' of 27th July 2014 prehistorians are on record as saying that discoveries made at the Ness of Brodgar on Orkney are more important than Stonehenge, describing it as an 'Egypt of the North' – all good stuff but the site is hard to access from the main population centres of the UK. Ceremonial mace heads, polished stone axes, flint knives, human figurines, remarkable pottery, and those Neolithic buildings that seem to dwarf the stone circles of the Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness (also part of the complex). On top of that there is the magnificent Maes Howe burial chamber.

The National Trust has recently aquired Hambledon Hill in Dorset, and its Neolithic causeway enclosure and long barrows. In the Iron Age the summit became a hill fort with hut circles snclose by a circuit of banks and ditches covering an area of 125,000m.

Meanwhile, the Hidden Landscape project at Stonehenge found two massive pits towards either end of the Cursus. This Neolithic earthwork is so eroded one might walk right past it without noticing it – unless you knew it was there. It is two miles in length. It is situated near the horizon if standing near the stone circle – but it is a fairly low horizon. It is claimed the pits are celestially aligned according to The Guardian of 19th September 2014, the rising and the setting of the Sun.

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