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Skara Brae

The famous neolithic village of Skara Brae (Skerrabra) lies on the shore of the Bay of Skaill on the west coast of Orkney's Mainland.

Skara Brae was rediscovered after a storm around 1850 dislodged much of the coastline in Skaill Bay. More remains may have disappeared into the sea. Excavations of the site began in 1927 and uncovered seven houses.

Stunningly preserved structures containing stone furniture (dressers, beds, cupboards), pots and bone pins, necklace beads and carved stone balls and containers holding red ochre dating back to 3200BC were all found on the site.

There is evidence for at least four periods of building between 3100 BC and 2200 BC at the site.

The village was originally set some way back from the sea and was occupied by people who were farmers and who also hunted and fished.