Monuments Of Orkney

A Visitor’s Guide

by Caroline Wickham-Jones

Monuments Of Orkney

SKU: 9781849170734 Categories: ,


From the Early Neolithic farm at Knap of Howar to the flamboyant chapel built by Italian prisoners of war in the 1940s, the Orkney Islands are amazingly rich in historic and prehistoric sites.
At their centre is a cluster of spectacular Neolithic monuments – domestic, ceremonial and burial – now inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Orkney later became a flourishing Norse centre, with St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall as its striking centrepiece. The palaces of the notorious Stewart earls also survive as relics of Renaissance grandeur, while later periods have left evidence of industry, war and worship.
In this extensively illustrated guide, Orkney-based archaeologist Caroline Wickham-Jones introduces more than 60 monuments in concise and accessible terms, set in context by a brief history of the islands.

ISBN: 9781849170734

Publication date: 24/02/2014

Format: PB

Extent: 88

Publisher: Historic Environment Scotland

Categories: Historic Environment Scotland , Orkney and Shetland