Welcome to Primordial Game Studios' inaugural Newsletter! We're really excited to show our progress as we continue developing 'The Silent Tombs', and share examples of historic sites around the UK, especially those that we are researching for our design of 'The Silent Tombs'.
We have just got the website up and running, and right now we are updating our platform for developing the project. For those who know about game development, we are developing on the Unity Engine, and as of Feb 4th, Unity Connect has been discontinued, so we've had to search for alternate external file sharing software so that Konstantin, Alasdair and myself can upload and share any new work we do on the project; we've settled on GitLab and we'll be using the next week to set it up and air out the kinks.
For our first featured Historical Site, we are going to look at one of the most famous Neolithic site in the UK; Skara Brae.
Based on the western coast of the Isle of Orkney, Skara Brae was discovered in 1850 after a storm unearthed a portion of the site. It is believed to be one of the best preserved Neolithic sites not just in the UK, but in the world. Unlike many sites around the world, such as Brochs, Temples or Tombs, Skara Brae is believed to be a village, that was inhabited for around 600 years between 3200BC and 2200BC. As such, it is a great example of what life would have been like in Neolithic Orkney.
The site is made up of around ten structures, each with a central fireplace, a stone bed and a set of shelves opposite the doorway. Each stone structure is made with a lattice of stones surrounded with earth, in a form of building called Earth Sheltering. The roofs, presumably built with thatched seaweed or straw, turf or skins from animals, didn't survive but the Earth Sheltering technique helped protect the walls and interiors from the Orkney weather, wracked with storms from the North Sea.
It's unclear why the settles abandoned the structure, but there are conflicting opinions on the nature of the departure. While some believe that the abandoning of Skara Brae was contentious, with a lot of jewellery and decorations made of animal bone and teeth being left behind, as well as evidence that many of the other Orkney sites abandoned at the same time, other factors, such as the lack of arable farming land or other food shortages forced the residents to migrate to the mainland.
Thanks so much for reading; I've added some further reading material below if you want to investigate further!