The discovery of historical findings has become something of a rare event in recent years. Some people believe there aren’t any more discoveries to be found about ancient artifacts and civilizations.
However, archeologists and other researchers are hard at work searching for things from the past that help shed light into human history.
Excavating sites may take months or even years. Sometimes, nature helps out in the most unexpected ways.
In the winter of 1850, a massive storm battered the Scottish archipelago of Orkney. Massive winds and high tides swept across the islands, clearing away grass and sand from a large mound the locals called “Skerrabra”.
Although the storm claimed about 200 lives, the storm revealed something amazing waiting under the earth - a rare historical find.
Villagers discovered the remains of an ancient village – whose stone buildings without roofs outlined the giant mound. William Watt of Skaill was the laird of this area – in Scotland a laird means a land-owner or someone who owns a large estate.
Upon discovering the ancient ruins, he began an amateur excavation of the site. After four houses were unearthed the excavation was abandoned in 1868.
Further excavations followed between 1928 and 1930.
The neolithic village, now dubbed ‘Skara Brae’, was believed to have been built even before the construction of Egypt’s pyramids According to researchers, the prehistoric ruins were being used at around 3100 B.C. and 2500 B.C.
They’re calling it the ‘Scottish Pompeii’.
The 10 buildings were most likely changed and repurposed throughout it’s 600-year history. The site itself isn’t too large and researchers believe that around 100 people could have inhabited this area before abandoning the place.
According to the site orkneyjar.com; “Each house shares the same basic design - a large square room, with a central fireplace, a bed on either side and a shelved dresser on the wall opposite the doorway.
In its lifetime, Skara Brae became embedded in its own rubbish and this, together with the encroaching sand dunes, meant the village was gradually abandoned.”
What a fascinating discovery!
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