A raging storm tore across Scotland, and left uncovered an ancient village hidden for millennia

Many of us know the name Skara Brae, but until 1850 Skara Brae was just a hill on the side of the Bay of Skaill in Orkney.

Carolyn Smith
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Storms are not just a recent phenomena, in the winter of 1850 a great storm hit Scotland causing widespread damage, and killing over 200 people.

However on The Mainland, the largest island in Orkney off the north east coast of Scotland, something peculiar happened. A bayside hill known "Skerrabra" was swept away, leaving uncovered the outline of a village full of houses without roofs.

Garden
Garden
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The ancient town was incredibly well preserved thanks to the sands that had covered it for millennia.

Courtyard
Courtyard
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People had lived there for around 700 years from 3180 BC to about 2500 BC.

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jardin
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The houses were all interconnected by passageways, as well as having independent doorways. They are clear evidence of a very advanced, technological Neolithic civilisation.

Stone
Stone
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As one might expect, all of the buildings and fixtures that survived were made from local stone.

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jardin
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The dwellings contain stone furniture, including cupboards, dressers, seating, and storage areas. The village even had its own drainage system, and each house had a primitive toilet.

This cultural heritage is unrivaled anywhere else in Europe, there is nothing else quite like it.

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Published at 13.09.2017 / 15:37