Quick Facts on the Ring of Brodgar
- Short URL
- Ring of Brodgar Ring of Brogar
- Stenness StromnessKW17
- Main date(s)
- c. 2500 BCE
- 59.001567° N,
- Opening hours
- Open during daylight hours
- 01856 841815
- 2000 BCE
- Settlement at Stenness abandoned
Description of the Ring of Brodgar
Four thousand years after its construction, the Ring of Brodgar is still a magnificent sight. This is partly due to its large dimensions, but even more so to its atmospheric location on an elevated strip of grassland between two lakes - the freshwater Loch Harray to the east and the partially saltwater Loch Stenness to the west. The natural dualities of this beautiful and dramatic location - land and water, freshwater and saltwater, sunrise and sunset - may well have played a role in the choice of the site.
The stones of the Ring of Brodgar are laid out in a perfect circle with a diameter of 103.6 m, surrounded by a henge (earthwork bank and ditch). The area inside the circle is 8,435 sq m, making it the third-largest in Britain (after Avebury Henge and Stanton Drew). The circle has two entrances: one on the NW side and one on the SE.
About 27 stones remain standing today of the Ring of Brodgar, plus about another 10 stone stumps lying where they fell. There may have originally been a total of 60 stones. The surviving stones vary greatly in size (ranging from 2.1 m to 4.7 m in height) and shape, with no evident pairing of similar shapes. The tallest stones are placed at the south (3.8 m) and west (4.7 m) cardinal points.
October 27, 2011
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