Skara Brae

For a description of the sites I visited in Orkney, read the Weekend in Orkney essay.

Skara Brae, looking south

Image 1: Skara Brae, looking south. Skara Brae is a neolithic village that was inhabited from about 3100 B.C. to about 2500 B.C. The village was uncovered due to a storm in 1850. This view is to the south. The half-visible building beside the flag is the tourist information building.

Skara Brae, looking north

Image 2: Skara Brae, looking north. This picture was taken from the opposite direction of the first picture. You get a better view of one of the houses in this shot.

A Neolithic Home

Image 3: A Neolithic Home. The buildings would have been covered when they were used, but the covering deteriorated or was destroyed, and the houses were filled with sand over time. Eventually the entire village was buried. The walls were made of stone, but compost and refuse was piled up on the outside of the walls. Eventually this midden formed an insulating material that kept out the cold.


Image 4: Corridor. While the houses had their own doors and the families had privacy, most of the buildings were linked together by way of corridors. This picture shows a close up of a corridor. The stone work is clearly seen. The corridors were designed to cut down on drafts. They would have been covered, allowing people to stay within the village structure rather than brave the elements.

These photographs were taken with a Nikon FG-20 manual SLR, using a Nikkor 24mm - 50mm f2.8 wide angle zoom lens. The images were captured on Kodak Ektachrome slide film.