Still Images
Maeshowe Project November 2003- February 2004

Ring of Bookan
The Ring of Bookan is situated less than 2km NW of the Ring of Brodgar on the top of a small hill next the farm of Bockan. It consists of a central area about 44x38m surrounded by a rock-cut ditch which is up to 13.5m wide and at least 2m deep. The cetral area has a mound with several exposed stones which may be a robbed-out chambered cairn. What may be the remains of the entrance passage faces NE.

There are panoramic views over the Lochs of Stenness and Harray, towards Maeshowe, the Standing Stones and Brodgar, as towards the north. The site is clearly related to the other Neolithic monuments in the area and observations are planned for this season to see of any correlations can be found. Initial conclusions are that this may be the summer solstice equivalent of Maeshowe.

11828 Ring of Bookan from centre west
11437 Ring of Bookan from centre SW
11443 Ring of Bookan ditch looking NW
11445 Ring of Bookan ditch looking SW
11446 Ring of Bookan ditch W
11501 Ring of Bookan centre looking NE
11502 Ring of Bookan centre detail
11503 Ring of Bookan ditch NW
11504 Ring of Bookan ditch detail
11506 Ring of Bookan centre detail
11508 Ring of Bookan centre detail
11509 Ring of Bookan centre detail
11510 Ring of Bookan centre detail
11511 Ring of Bookan ditch


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