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Stone Age house. Excavated house with beds (upper left and lower right) and a display cabinet (upper right) around a hearth (fireplace, centre). This is one of the houses of the neolithic (New Stone Age) settlement at Skara Brae, located in the Orkney Islands to the north of Scotland. The settlement was inhabited between 3200 and 2200 BC. There are eight houses in total. The settlement is thought to have been abandoned, and later covered by sand dunes. This sand preserved the stone houses for over 4000 years until a storm in 1850 stripped the grass from the mounds. The central fire would have given warmth and light, and have been the centre of social and domestic life.
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