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Standing Stones of Stenness

Scotland
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Mysterious Sites, Historic Sites
Description: These mysterious standing stones, similar to England's Stonehenge, date from 2000 BC.
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

More evidence of prehistoric skills and art, and of human determination to erect lasting monuments - which, incidentally, were enabled because of the fertility and wealth of the land and sea, such that people only needed to work for a few days each week (as evidenced by the midden contents at Skara Brea).

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traveling cat
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

There isn't really too much to these stones but it is still quite nice to walk about them and the signage is quite good

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is quite a site. Built around 3000 years BC. Interesting history regarding the ceremonial aspects. Good views all around of the lakes.

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London, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I had heard of Stonehenge, but Stenness was crafted 4500 years ago versus Stonehenge's 3500 years ago. Both are marvels of ancient man and what he learned about the moon, sun and rotation of the earth for the purpose of ??? that is the ongoing mystery. But, the hugh stones sticking out the ground at precise winter solstice dimensions are... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Truly awe inspiring and a must see if visiting Orkney. You are able to walk among these which enables you to gain a sense of the power these monuments have.

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UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I've visited twice. Once when it was raining and totally free of visitors, and once in the sun with two coachloads of Italians as far as the eye could see. It's very photogrpahic if you can get it on your own (and hide the telegraph poles behind the stones), but if it's busy it's a bit small to cope. The... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The standing stones are very impressive and make for a great photo opportunity. Just a short walk across the field you come to the Barnhouse, a stone-age village whose base stones give a clear indication of the nature of the settlement. As usual for the Orkneys, very clear information is given on the interpretation boards. Don't miss the third of... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The Standing Stones of Stenness are an amazing collection of ancient stones erected by humans that date back earlier than Stonehenge. No one has figured out just how these early people got the stones to the site and erected them, nor the true purpose. If you are in the area, stop by for a look.

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Interesting site within viewing distance of the other key sites in the area. Parking is easy and could walk from here to the ness of Brodgar.

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Bourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Only a short drive from the main town of Kirkwall (11 miles/20 minutes), it's well worth a visit to wonder how this Neolithic henge was constructed and what it was really used for. There are useful information hoardings at the entrance, which is free and unfettered. It's worth combing a visit here with one to the Ring of Brodgar, which... More

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