Essay Orkney Islands
Andrew James Mulhall, B.A.
Academic writing AJ13001
29 December 2010
When telling somebody that I spend holidays on the Orkney, they always ask, what it is. Apposite answer is that Orkneys are islands north of Scotland and there are monuments similar to the Stonehenge, this is clear, because almost everyone knows Stonehenge.
This was an input for writing this essay, because it was disappointing, that many people know Stonehenge but not the Orkney. Therefore, this essay is focused on describing what is interesting about Orkney heritage and why is it more important in comparison with Stonehenge. Finally, there are suggested reasons from past of the islands for overlooking Orkney. The essay is mostly based on readings from professional books about both historic sights.
This essay was written to point out that there are places as the Orkney Islands, which may be much more interesting than other more popular places.
Orkney Islands vs. Stonehenge Stonehenge is one of the most visited places in Great Britain because it is very imposing and important historical monument. However, there is one place in United Kingdom, which is not half as visited as Stonehenge, although it is more important and more impressive and that is Heritage of Orkney Islands. Orkney is a group of 70 islands north of Scotland, from which the biggest one, Mainland, is the place where most of the Neolithic sights of the historical interests are situated. Firstly there are two stone circles: Ring of Brodgar, which is one of the largest Neolithic henges, measuring one hundred and thirty meters in diameter and then Standing Stones of Stenness, which are almost five hundred years older than four thousand years old Stonehenge. Based on this, some archaeologists suppose that these Orkney stone circles, may have served as a model for much more popular Stonehenge (Foster).
In addition to that, close to the stone circles a stone village has been found called Skara Brae, which
Bibliography: Ancient Wisdom. Alex Whitaker. 2005. 26 November 2010. < http://www.ancient-wisdom.co.uk >. Foster, S. M. 2006. Maeshowe and the Heart of Neolithic Orkney. Edinburgh: Historic Scotland. Orkney Islands Council Local Government. Orkney Islands Council, 2010. 26 November 2010. < http://www.orkney.gov.uk/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=2583 >.