Travel: Exploring the Ancient Mysteries of Skara Brae, Scotland; John Scott Lewinski; CraveOnline

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The Neolithic ruins of Skara Brae on the Orkney Islands of Scotland transport a history minded traveler back 5,000 years.

If cavemen still have a capital, it must be the Orkneys – the island chain off the northern coast of Scotland. Marked by multiple ancient stone circles with a mysterious purpose that still defies historians and scientists, the islands are also home to the best preserved Neolithic village in the world – Skara Brae.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the remains of Skara Brae and Neolithic Orkney are more than 5,000 years old and were once the home of Stone Age humans. It sits on the western coast of Mainland, the largest of the Orkneys. Older than The Great Pyramid of Giza or Stonehenge, the village sat buried for millennia until a severe storm blew enough sand away to reveal the remains in 1850.

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