Neat. If I’m not mistaken, that’s (the Orkney Islands) the path my dad’s ancestors (the Gunns) took, coming from Norway to Scotland. Thank you.
Fascinating. I wish scientists would stop assigning motives to early man which are based on modern behavior.
i.e. ‘animal sacrifice’ rather than ‘meal time’.
Perhaps early man discovered singing and encouraged group chorus.
We should stop projecting our accomplishments on early man and take a childlike logic and practicality to people who lived only 30 years and were likely impatient to create a functioning, comfortable life for themselves and their progeny. They may have experienced ‘wonder’ at the earth and sky, but not a formal ‘religion’ of a creator or astral Gods.
These date back a couple of thousand years before the Orkney stones (5300 to 6500 years ago), but by that time our earlier pre-Celtic ancestors were busy little beavers whacking down dolmens jus' all over the place.
These structures have nothing to do with the Picts and other Indo-Europeans from the more barbarous inland ~ all of them were accessible from the sea which, in those days, was the international interstate highway system.