In 1850, a farmer discovers a hidden door in the earth; what he discovers on the other side causes the world to lose their breath
History might be dull and uninteresting at times, but every now and then, fantastic things are uncovered that we can’t help but be enthralled by. This is an example of such a find. A well is tucked away surreptitiously by a little creek in Scotland, nestled and concealed amid the beautiful hills. It may not appear outstanding at first glance, but as you go inside, you will be astounded by what you see.
This was a highly significant location over a thousand years ago, but it was eventually lost and buried beneath the sand. Nobody knew this island existed until a devastating storm blew through the Orkney Islands in 1850, revealing an astounding secret…
A mystery hidden among the mossy and verdant hills of the Orkney Islands off the coast of Scotland is older than Egypt’s famous pyramids.
Just on this green hillside, there is a very old underground city, perfectly preserved. The prehistoric settlement is called Skara Brae.
The Orkney Islands were devastated by a catastrophic storm in the 1850s, which resulted in more than 200 deaths. However, there is some good that comes with the bad. Farmers in the area uncovered a town in the sand after the storm passed.
The settlement consists of eight stone houses and is estimated to be have been inhabited between 3180 and 2500 BC. Skara Brae is thus one of the oldest agricultural villages in Britain.
Skara Brae has been nicknamed “Scotland’s Pompeji” because of how beautifully preserved the remains are.
The structures and their contents have been beautifully maintained throughout millennia due to the surrounding sand and the design of the buildings being well shielded from cold.
The town had a population of 50-100 people, according to archaeologists. The dwellings were 1500 meters from the sea once the colony was completed.
At its biggest, the settlement encompassed the seven or eight houses connected to each other via tunnels. A stone door might be used to separate each home.
There is always one bed in each room that is larger than the rest, but no one knows why. There are also lockers, bureaus, chairs, and storage boxes in each room. These waterproof storage boxes suggest that they may have kept live fish within the dwellings, most likely to consume later.
There was also a sewage system in the community, and each house had its own modest toilet.
Skara Brae was a family-centred civilization. The similarity of the home structures led archaeologists to infer that the society was largely equitable, with no authoritarian leadership.
Some speculate that the villagers were poets, an obscure group who settled in eastern and northern Scotland during the British Iron Age’s latter stages. However, archaeological evidence suggests that the people who lived here were likely far older.
The reason for the village’s abandonment is unknown. However, circa 2500 BC, climatic change led the weather on the Orkney Islands to become colder and more humid. Skara Brae is said to have met a sad end according to numerous theories. One of the most popular explanations is that a strong storm occurred.
According to conspiracy theorists such as Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas, Stonehenge appears to have been abandoned at the same time…
So, what does Skara Bra’s future hold? Despite being situated roughly two kilometers from the ocean, the hamlet has become increasingly threatened by sea water in recent decades. The buildings have been sheltered from the coming sea and the harsh fall storms by a concrete wall since 1926.
To conserve the settlement, Skara Brae, and numerous other historic sites, there have been plans to create an artificial beach using stone blocks and a barrier.