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Standing Stones of Stenness

Stenness, Orkney Islands, UK

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Standing Stones of Stenness, Stenness, Orkney Islands

The Standing Stones of Stenness is a Neolithic monument located on a promontory at the south bank of the stream that joins the southern ends of the sea loch Loch of Stenness and the freshwater Loch of Harray. The site is thought to date from at least 3000 BC. The Ring of Brodgar and Maeshowe cairn are just over 1 km away suggesting that this area had particular importance.

The stones were originally elements of a stone circle of 12 stones, about 32 m (104 ft) diameter. The 5.6 m (18 ft) high Stenness Watch Stone stands outside the circle.


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