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P number: P000527
Old photograph number: C03237
Caption: Skara Brae, located at the Bay of Skaill on mainland Orkney and thought to be c. 5000 years old, is one of the earliest known farming settlements in Britain.
Description: This is a general view of part of the settlement, showing the houses clustered together, surrounded by midden material, with the Bay of Skaill beyond. The settlement has been well preserved by the midden structures into which it was built, and which grew up around it; and by the sand which filled up and buried the village after its abandonment. The site was first exposed by a great storm in 1850. Its exposed situation today is the result of marine erosion and is very different from its original setting, which would have been amid fertile grassland, well back from the sea.
Date taken: 01/06/1930
Photographer: Strachan, W.E.J.
Copyright statement: Crown
Acknowledgment: This image was digitized with grant-in-aid from SCRAN the Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network
X longitude/easting: 318500
Y latitude/northing: 1023500
Coordinate reference system, ESPG code: 27700 (OSGB 1936 / British National Grid)
Orientation: Landscape
Size: 244.18 KB; 1000 x 726 pixels; 85 x 61 mm (print at 300 DPI); 265 x 192 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
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