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Last updated: September 6, 2013
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Welcome to Orkneyjar - a website dedicated to the preserving, exploring and documenting the ancient history, folklore and traditions of Orkney - a group of islands lying off the northern tip of Scotland,

is a privately-run, non-profit website, created and maintained by Orcadian, Sigurd Towrie.

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A brief selection of topics covered in Orkneyjar...
Archaeology on the Ness
The Comet StoneAlthough the megaliths on the Ness of Brodgar are the most striking remains of Orkney's ancient past, they are but the tip of the iceberg.

The landscape surrounding the Ring o' Brodgar and the Standing Stones o' Stenness is littered with archaeological sites - many of which go unnoticed by visitor, and local, alike.

The Brodgar ring, for example, is surrounded by a complex of Bronze Age burial barrows, mounds, cairns and prehistoric earthworks. The four large mounds - Salt Knowe, Fresh Knowe, South Knowe and Plumcake Knowe - were excavated in the early 19th century.
Hoy's eternal battle
The island of Hoy is said to be have once been the site of a magical battle.

This bloody conflict was between the armies of two men and each night, after the bloodshed, the dead were reborn.

The battle was between the kings Hogni, and Hedinn Hjarrandason.
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Betty Corrigall's Grave
Cubbie Roo The life of Betty Corrigall, a 27-year-old woman living in Hoy in the late 18th century, was left ruined when she became pregnant by a young sailor, who then deserted her.

The trauma and shame were too much for the poor girl and she took her own life.

Her suicide meant that her broken body was not allowed to be buried on the consecrated ground of the kirkyard.

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Ness of Brodgar Excavation
Heart of Neolithic Orkney
Papers and Pictures in honour of Daphne Lorimer
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Orkney Genealogy - click here for links to get you started.