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Prehistoric Britain

Gallery: Skara Brae

by Charles Tait, 2 June 2006

Skara Brae Hut 1

The group of six houses and a workshop at Skara Brae, by the shore of the Bay of Skaill, is connected by a covered close, and all the buildings except for the workshop were buried to the tops of the walls.

Objects founds at Skara Brae

Various objects were found at Skara Brae, although the purpose of these isn't known. Neolithic art, perhaps?

Skara Brae Hut 7

The houses vary in size from over six metres square to barely four metres square, with a maximum surviving wall height of 2.4m. The designs are all quite similar.

Replica house at Skara Brae Visitor Centre

A replica house at Skara Brae Visitor Centre which was built at a discreet distance from the monument, designed to help spread the heavy visitor load by absorbing some of the pressure which would otherwise be concentrated solely on the monument.

A street in Skara Brae

The streets at Skara Brae, like the huts and workspace, were covered to keep out the elements. Some of the stone slabs used for this are still in place.

Aerial view of Skara Brae and the Bay of Skaill

Evidence at Skara Brae suggests a self-sufficient life-style which, however, does not exclude contact with other groups, or even with mainland Scotland, which can be seen from Sandwick. Boats of the period were certainly adequate to make the journey.

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Images and original text copyright © Charles Tait. Reproduced with permission.