THE WONDER OF SKARA BRAE
Eight kilometres northwest of the Ring of Brodgar is a bay that contains the best preserved settlement from the Neolithic period. Skara Brae was discovered in 1850 after intense storms shifted sand dunes that had covered the village for thousands of years. The sand had preserved eight houses. Skara Brae was inhabited for more than 600 years, between 3180 and 2500 BC, until the climate became so wet and cold that the residents moved south. However, there is also evidence that the people were forced to flee their homes. Archaeologists suspect that the sea drew closer and closer towards the settlement, before a storm finally drove the villagers away. They left behind anything they couldn’t carry. For this reason, and because it’s so well preserved, Skara Brae is nicknamed the “Scottish Pompeii”.
Neolithic people lived a lot more comfortably than you’d think. They had solid beds covered with animal skins and vegetation. This is where the Neolithic people kept their food.