Not neonatology: the Ness of Brodgar

I just heard about this from an article in the Guardian. A huge neolithic temple complex on the isle of Orkney has been discovered. A site, entirely man-made, covering more than 6 acres, which predates Stonehenge and the Pyramids. The site is just now being excavated, but  includes more than 12 buildings which have been called “temples” and bones of hundreds of cattle with signs of being butchered, perhaps sacrificed. Huge standing stones have been recognized here for a very long time, but the newer excavations have revealed something spectacular, and entirely unsuspected. The site dates from over 5000 years ago and was abandoned about 4,300 years ago.

Interesting to think that we know so little about the distant past of Europe, and that it was probably warmer back then for so much activity to have taken place in Orkney!

Another item to add to my list of places I want to go, sometime soon.

About Keith Barrington

I am a neonatologist and clinical researcher at Sainte Justine University Health Center in Montréal
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