Neolithic settlement in Orkney under threat once again, climate study shows
It is fascinating to ponder what brought a group of ancient settlers to the windswept islands of Orkney. One thing is certain: 5,000 years ago the Neolithic village of Skara Brae, fed by a bountiful supply of sealife, was a thriving community. Tucked away in the dunes, on the edge of a horseshoe bay, the inhabitants built comfortable dwellings furnished with stone dressers and beds, played games, made pottery and tools, and even found time to craft jewellery from walrus tusks and whale teeth.
No one can be certain when or why, but at some point an apparently abrupt event emptied the village of its inhabitants, leaving the nearby dunes to blanket Skara Brae for thousands of years.