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A History of Ancient Britain – Orkney’s Stone Age Temple

A History of Ancient Britain – Orkney’s Stone Age Temple

Neil Oliver investigates the discovery of a 5,000-year-old temple in Orkney. Built 500 years before Stonehenge, the temple has triggered new thoughts about the beliefs of Neolithic people, turning the map of ancient Britain upside down.

The vast site lies undisturbed until now, set within one of the most important ancient landscapes in the world. There have been some incredible finds, including the first ever discovery of Neolithic painted wall decorations, and even the pigments and paint pots used by Stone Age artists.

Special effects have been used to bring this archaeological evidence to life, creating a three-dimensional model of the entire temple, allowing Neil to walk inside in a bid to understand just how it might have been used.

Long before the Egyptians began the pyramids, Neolithic European man built a vast temple complex at the top of what is now Scotland.

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Heart of Neolithic Orkney

Neolithic Scotland: Heart of Orkney World Heritage Sites

Heart of Neolithic Orkney – UNESCO World Heritage Centre

List of prehistoric Stone monuments structures in Great Britain


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