The extant Stonehenge is part of a repeatedly re-built burial complex, on a site that was evidently sacred for up to 6,000 years, predating the arrival of Neolithic culture in the area.
The new data suggest cultural connections linking the greater Stonehenge site to the Stones of Stenness
The Ring of Brodgar on Mainland, the largest
of the Orkneys.Credit:Patrick Dieudonne/Robert Harding World Imagery/Corbis
Neolithic sites around Stonehenge.
It has already been discovered that the cattle tended in the Durington Walls village came from Wales, and that artifacts in the barrows at Stonehenge come from as far away as the Italian Alps. So with people from the Orkneys in the mix, the emerging picture of the Stonehenge area is one of a very cosmopolitan meeting place. The Ring of Brogdar itself appears to be part of a vast complex and thus plausibly puts the Orkneys as the original heart of an interconnected Neolithic British culture.