Saints and Stones: Barnhouse Settlement
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Discovered in 1984, the Barnhouse Settlement is a partially reconstructed Neolithic village that is estimated to have begun in 3300 B.C.

Remains of at least 15 houses were found that have similarities -- central hearths, beds built against the walls, and stone dresser -- to the more famous settlement, Skara Brae. Barnhouse differs from Skara Brae in that the houses are free-standing. Over the years, the site has been severely damaged by ploughing, so that only the bases of the houses are original.

Two houses at Barnhouse -- House Two and Structure Eight -- are larger and more elaborate, which has led to the theory that they were built to house an important personage.

The Barnhouse Settlement was abandoned by its inhabitants in 2600 B.C.

About the Barnhouse Settlement

Orkneyjar: Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement
Orkneyjar: Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement (House Two - the Seat of Power?)
Orkneyjar: Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement (Structure Eight - A Neolithic Temple?)
Megalithic Portal: Barnhouse Settlement
Stone Pages: Barnhouse Settlement
Ancient Scotland: Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement
Wikipedia: Barnhouse Settlement
Wikipedia: Neolithic

Journey to the Barnhouse Settlement

The Barnhouse Settlement, accessible by a footpath from the Stones of Stenness, is located near the Loch of Harray off the B9055, which is off of the main Stromess-Kirkwall road (A965) in Mainland, Orkney, Scotland.

Ordnance Survey Map (HY307127)

Visitors Information

Visitors information may be found on the Orkneyjar website. General tourist information for Orkney may be found on the Visit Orkney website.

Additional Photos of the Barnhouse Settlement

Descriptive Sign at the Barnhouse Settlement
Structure 8, the Largest at the Barnhouse Settlement
Main Entrance to Structure 8 at the Barnhouse Settlement
Side Entrance to Structure 8 at the Barnhouse Settlement
House 2 at the Barnhouse Settlement
Original Wall, Barnhouse Settlement
House 3 on the Shore of Loch Harray, Barnhouse Settlement
The Stones of Stenness from the Barnhouse Settlement


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