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Orkney's Stone Age Temple

Neil Oliver investigates the discovery of a 5,000-year-old temple in Orkney. Built 500 years before Stonehenge, the temple has triggered new thoughts about the beliefs of Neolithic people, turning the map of ancient Britain upside down.

The vast site lies undisturbed until now, set within one of the most important ancient landscapes in the world. There have been some incredible finds, including the first ever discovery of Neolithic painted wall decorations, and even the pigments and paint pots used by Stone Age artists.

Special effects have been used to bring this archaeological evidence to life, creating a three-dimensional model of the entire temple, allowing Neil to walk inside in a bid to understand just how it might have been used.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Sun 17 Feb 2013 17:15
BBC Two England, Scotland only


Role Contributor
PresenterNeil Oliver
PresenterNeil Oliver
Series ProducerEamon Hardy
Executive ProducerEamon Hardy
Executive ProducerCameron Balbirnie
Series ProducerCameron Balbirnie