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Neolithic ‘temple’ revealed at site on Orkney

by Pat Coate | August 31, 2009
"In effect, it is a Neolithic cathedral for the whole of the north of Scotland."
- Nick Card, lead archaeologist

The Stone Age equivalent of a cathedral has been unearthed in Orkney, the largest structure of its kind found in Britain. It dates to the Neolithic period (7000-1700BC) and was found not far beneath the surface of the narrow strip of land that divides Harray Loch from Stenness Loch on the Orkney mainland.

The archaeologists working on the site said yesterday that this latest find was unprecedented, and that the vast structure is as awe-inspiring today as it would have been in the Stone Age.

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