When most people think of ancient civilizations, there are certain images that come to mind like the Mayan Temples, the pyramids of Egypt, or even The Great Wall Of China. Usually Great Britain and Europe in general don’t come to mind, but that ought to change.
A farmer in Scotland has discovered something that changes the way we look at history, and it is absolutely mind-blowing.
On the island of Orkney in 1850, a Scottish farmer found something that had been hidden for millennia when he moved aside a simple rock.
Initially, what he saw seemed too outlandish to be true.
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Yet the reality was undeniable: there really was a city that had been hiding for thousands of years.
Experts believe that the settlement, named Skara Brae, began 5,000 years ago.
That would make it even older than the Egyptian pyramids!
The city remains intact because it was engulfed in sand dunes.
Researchers say that it is one of Great Britain’s most ancient permanent settlements.
It is said that somewhere between 50 and 100 people once called Skara Brae home.
But there are only eight remaining houses today.
There were massive doors made of stone that could separate each house, but they were all connected through a large system of tunnels.
There were a number of bedding areas in each hut, including, in most cases, a far bigger one that was most likely used by the heads of each home.
Each hut apparently kept live fish in a waterproof storage bin. That may have been their primary source of food.
This strange artifact was found at Skara Brae. What could it be?
It’s been so well-preserved that some have called Skara Brae “the Scottish Pompeii.”
As much as researchers have discovered about Skara Brae, there are more questions raised about this place than answers.
We may never know exactly what happened here.
But it will always be fascinating.
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