Region : Shetland Home
Island : Mainland Map
Area : Sandsting List
Grid Reference : HU 285 502 Glossary
Period : 3rd millennium BC Bibliography

Stanydale image

The main feature of this important prehistoric site is this setting, known as the 'temple'. It is a heel-shaped structure measuring 12m x 9m, with a single entrance passage leading to a large oval hall. At the centre there are two stone-lined holes, once probably supporting two massive timber posts for the roof. In the wall (up to 4m thick) there are six alcoves, separated by stone piers.
This structure could have been the house of a chieftain, a building for rituals or a community meeting place.
Around the footpath leading to the 'temple' there are some cairns and a group of Neolithic houses. One has been excavated: it comprises a single oval chamber with some recesses in the wall and a cell opposite to the entrance.
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