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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
A henge beneath the water of the Stenness Loch? Time will tell
Survey work in the Loch of Stenness has revealed what could be a massive prehistoric
monument lying underwater to the south of the Ring of Brodgar.
The underwater “anomaly” has come to light in a project looking at
prehistoric sea level change in Orkney. The project, The Rising Tide:
Submerged Landscape of Orkney, is a collaboration between the universities
of St Andrews, Wales, Dundee, Bangor and Aberdeen.
But although it is tempting to speculate that the ring-shaped feature, which
lies just off the loch’s shore, is the remains of a henge — a circular or
oval-shaped flat area enclosed and delimited by a boundary earthwork (usually a
ditch with an external bank) — or perhaps a prehistoric quarry, at this stage
the project leaders are urging caution.