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Skara Brae

(skâr`ə brā), Stone Age village, on Mainland in the Orkney IslandsOrkney Islands,
archipelago and council area (1991 pop. 19,650), 376 sq mi (974 sq km), N Scotland, consisting of about 70 islands in the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea, N of Scottish mainland across the Pentland Firth. About 20 islands are inhabited.
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, N Scotland. Dating from c.3200 to 2200 B.C., the village was preserved under a sand dune until uncovered by a storm in 1851. It contains seven underground chambers furnished with stone dressers, tables, and beds. Skara Brae is considered an outstanding preserved Stone Age village.

Skara Brae

 

a village dating from the late Neolithic (first half of the second millennium B.C.) in the Orkney Islands, Scotland. Skara Brae was excavated from 1927 to 1930 by V. G. Childe. Three periods of the village’s history have been established. The most recent village consisted of seven one-room dwellings, with packed-clay floors and centrally located hearths. The dwellings were located on both sides of a narrow lane and in time were connected by low, roofed passageways. The walls of the houses and all the indoor furnishings, including beds, chests, and tables, were made of stone slabs. The principal occupation of the inhabitants was stock raising.

REFERENCE

Childe, V. G. Skara Brae: A Pictish Village in Orkney. London, 1931. [23–1477–]

Skara Brae

a Neolithic village in NE Scotland, in the Orkney Islands: one of Europe's most perfectly preserved Stone Age villages, buried by a sand dune until uncovered by a storm in 1850
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The island, the largest of the Orkney Island group at 26 miles long, boasts numerous Neolithic prehistoric ruins, including stone ceremonial circles, a chambered tomb, and a preserved Neolithic village, Skara Brae.
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