Prehistoric Scotland

Although Stonehenge is more famous, numerous stone circles and other Neolithic monuments abound in the north of Scotland.

Perhaps the clearest glimpse into the lives of these Neolithic stonemasons can be found at Skara Brae, on the northwest shore of Orkney’s largest island, where the visitor can gaze at Stone Age homes and workshops, complete with finely crafted walls, hearths, beds, and shelving units that have been described as “dressers.” There are also small closet-like cells which may have been used for storage — though one of them, apparently connected to a drainage ditch, might be Britain’s oldest known indoor toilet.

Read the full article in the May/June issue of Discover.