|Ring of Brodgar, Orkney Island, northern Scotland
Built around 2500 BCE, the Ring of Brodgar was originally composed of 60 standing stones. Only 27 of these remain, but these still display the scope of one of the largest stone circles in the world.
The Ring is 104 meters (340 feet) in diameter, and is surrounded by a circular ditch up to 3 meters deep and 9 meters wide, all carved out of the solid bedrock. Oddly, the diameter makes it exactly the same size as the 2 inner rings of Avebury. According to author Aubrey Burl Brodgar would have held 3000 people.
The lonely pillars project into pastel skies; the Ring is awe inspiring in its' scale and location, and is surrounded by beauty in every direction. No excavations have been done in the center of the circle, so we must rely of the Ring itself for insight as to its' purpose.
The Ring was a focus of ritual activity for huge numbers of people, and was clearly important to them; it has the feel of an ancient outdoor temple, evoking the circular temples of trees used by the first people to worskip and celebrate the ground of being.
Looking across the Ring while standing just inside it.
View from the Ring, which is located on a peninsula by the sea. The remains of a long stone wall have been found which may have have been placed across it to give the Ring a ritual space of its' own.
Detail of one of the standing stones.
Sign at the site describing the circle, its' environment and archaeological finds from the area.