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Great Wall of Brodgar

By far the most exciting archaeological discovery of the recent decades — probably the most important find since Göbekli Tepe — is the Neolithic temple complex of Ness of Brodgar in Orkney. Discovered in 2003, and still barely excavated, it covers 2.5 hectares and dates to around 3500 BCE. To put it into perspective, it’s half a millennium older than Stonehenge (which in turn is 500 years older still than the Great Pyramid of Giza). Surrounding the remains of dozens of temples and other structures is perhaps the site’s most impressive feature, the so-called Great Wall of Brodgar, over 100 m long, up to 4 m wide, and, when new, at least 3 m high. In the reconstruction above, based on partial excavations and a full-scale geophysical survey, I particularly like the organic flow of the whole thing and the graceful entrances. Source: Will MacNeil 3D Design.

which reminds me

Great Zimbabwe entrance steps

Of the Great Zimbabwe‘s many idiosyncratic architectural details one particularly endearing feature is the way the steps seem to grow out of the walls where needed. Source: Kees van der Graaf @ pinterest.


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