Although the megaliths
on the Ness o' Brodgar are the most striking remains of Orkney's ancient past,
they are but the tip of the archaeological iceberg.
The landscape surrounding the Ring o' Brodgar,
and the nearby 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
The most visible of these, the four mounds now known as Salt Knowe, Fresh
Knowe, South Knowe and Plumcake
Knowe, were excavated in the early 19th century.
Map of Ring o' Brodgar area
Some of the major archaeological
sites surrounding the Ring o' Brodgar are shown in the diagram below.
mouse over the relevant site to see its name and click for more information.
Other sites, not covered on the map, are the
Wasbister Disc Barrow, The
Dyke o' Sean, Skae Frue, and the
Ring o' Bookan.