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Heart of Neolithic Orkney is a World Heritage Site celebrating Stone Age remains of burial sites and stone circles in the United Kingdom. They are located on Mainland, an island in the Orkney group of islands in Scotland.

The Heart of Neolithic Orkney comprises four sites:
  1. Maeshowe
    An ancient burial site comprising an underground cairn and passage. These are aligned so as to receive the ray of the sun during the winter solstice. The site was ransacked by the Vikings who left runic graffitti on its walls.
  2. Standing Stones of Stenness
    These are megaliths. The tallest of them stand 6 meters (19 feet) high.
  3. Ring of Brodgar
    This is a stone circle similar to Stonehenge. It is 104 meters in diameter and surrounded by a circular ditch that is 3 meters deep and 10 meters wide.
  4. Skara Brae
    This is a cluster of ten stone huts forming an ancient village. They are some of the best-preserved structures from the Neolithic period.

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Heart of Neolithic Orkney was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 23rd session of the World Heritage Committee in Marrakesh, Morocco, on 29 November - 4 December, 1999.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 58 59 45.8 W 3 11 19.2 in various location in Mainland, Orkney, Scotland
Inscription Year: 1999
Type: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, II, III, IV

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