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Inscribed Stone Found at Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Rock Art(Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology)ORKNEY, SCOTLAND—A second inscribed stone has been unearthed at the Ness of Brodgar, where archaeologists discovered a large complex of monumental Neolithic buildings in 2002. This second stone, decorated on two sides, was also found in Structure Ten, a monumental building surrounded by a massive wall. The designs of interconnecting triangles are similar to carvings found at Skara Brae and Maeshowe, but this stone from the Ness of Brodgar is said to be a “much finer and more complex piece of art.” The block was carefully removed from the soil and moved to a secured location.