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Leah

Books of 2020

2020 was an interesting year, to say the least, and with a term that is definitely more generous than it deserves. I managed to surpass my reading goal this year. I didn’t manage to hit any of my other goals, especially when it comes to my writing, but I’ll take my wins where I can get them.

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Scotland
Leah

The Ring of Brodgar: The Heart of Neolithic Orkney, part 4

The Ring of Brodgar is a Neolithic henge and stone circle monument that is located on a thin peninsula known as the Ness of Brodgar. A bridge or causeway has been located in this area for at least the last 1,000 years. Brodgar comes from the name of a farm that is situated near the causeway, which is itself a combination of the Old Norse words for bridge (brúar) and farm (garðr).

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Scotland
Leah

The Stones of Stenness: The Heart of Neolithic Orkney, part 2

The Stones of Stenness are a Neolithic monument that contains both a henge, possibly the oldest in all of Britain and Ireland, and a stone circle. Stenness, pronounced “Stane-is” in the Orcadian dialect, comes from the Old Norse Stein-nes, which means “stone headland.”

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Scotland
Leah

The Heart of Neolithic Orkney: part 1

Skara Brae is only one of a remarkable collection of Neolithic sites that can be seen while touring the Orkney Islands of Scotland. During our brief visit to the Mainland of Orkney, we had the opportunity to visit four other incredible prehistoric monuments: the Stones of Stenness; the Barnhouse Settlement; the Ring of Brodgar; as well as the Maeshowe chambered cairn and passage grave.

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