The Ring of Brodgar originally comprised 60 stones, of which 36 survive.
Photograph: Murdo Macleod/The Guardian
Graffiti engraved on a stone at Neolithic monument that is part of world heritage site
A world-renowned stone circle in Orkney, which is more than 4,000 years old, has been vandalised.
Damage to the Ring of Brodgar includes graffiti that has been engraved into one of the stones at the Neolithic site near Stenness. It is believed to have been caused sometime between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning.
Insp David Hall from Police Scotland said: “The stones at the Ring of Brodgar are priceless historical artefacts and the damage caused cannot simply be estimated in monetary terms.
“For someone to damage them in this way is a particularly mindless act. I would urge anyone who has visited the area over the last weekend to think back and if they believe they may have seen something suspicious, even if it didn’t seem of much note at the time, to let us know.
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