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Newsletter #2 - 14th Feb 2021

Hello all, and happy Valentines Day! I hope everyone had a great weekend, and are looking forward to next week.


We've managed to move our Unity project over to GitLab, and I'm really happy to be able to get back into the development side of 'The Silent Tombs'... it's been a while for me personally, after spending so much time working on the Kickstarter, it's actually a relief to get back to what I do best!


If you haven't had a chance to check out the Discord, I recommend joining up! We aren't a very vocal bunch yet, but I'm looking forward for the community to grow and I'm looking forward to being able to share content of 'The Silent Tombs', to see what people think...


Last week I looked at one of the most famous neolithic sites in Scotland, Skara Brae, and this week we're moving a few kilometres to the south east, to the RIng of Brodgar.


Believed to have been constructed in the 3000 BC, the Ring of Brodgar was named in 1851 by Captain F.L.W Thomas; before that, it had been lumped into the nearby Stones of Stenness, the whole site being called 'the Great Stones of Stenness'. While 36 stones are currently standing, it was believed that the original structure was 60 stones; the structure, called a 'Henge' (the same structure as Stonehenge, down in England) is the third largest in the British Isles, encompassing 8,435 square metres, with a diameter or 103.6 metres.


The Henge is surrounded by a rock-cut ditch, with two causeway entrances from the south-east and the north-west. A dig that took place in 2008 theorized that, like the Stones of Stenness, the Ring would have had a religious, druidic function or be a monument of 'achievement'; basically, a testament to the culture that created it, such as how cities build statues or ornate buildings in their centres.


When the Vikings reached Orkney in the 9th Century, the Ring of Brodgar became the focus of their own theological beliefs. a central stone, or 'Odin Stone' which remained until 1814; one of the stones has been graffitied with Nordic runes. Allegedly, the Vikings referred to the Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness as the Temples of the Sun and Moon.


Thanks a lot for reading, and if you're at all interested in finding out more, I've posted my more helpful research material below! Thanks so much for your support!


Vaughan


REFS:

https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/ring-of-brodgar-stone-circle-and-henge/

http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/brodgar/

https://www.orkney.com/news/old-names-blog#:~:text=It%20was%20in%201851%20that,the%20%E2%80%9CRing%20of%20Brodgar%E2%80%9D.

https://www.nessofbrodgar.co.uk/ring-of-brodgar/

http://www.ancient-scotland.co.uk/site.php?a=29#:~:text=The%20Ring%20of%20Brodgar%2C%20on,about%20340%20feet%20in%20diameter.&text=An%20impressive%20ditch%2C%20up%20to,like%20the%20tomb%20of%20Maeshowe).

https://www.orkneyology.com/ring-of-brodgar.html

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