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'Stunning' decorated Neolithic stone discovered in Orkney

image copyrightNess of Brodgar
image captionThe decorated stone was discovered on Monday
Archaeologists have uncovered what they describe as a "stunning example" of Neolithic decorate stone in Orkney.
The notch-marked slab was discovered at Ness of Brodgar, the location of a well-preserved and sophisticated complex of stone buildings.
The site was built and occupied by people more than 5,000 years ago.
Archaeological excavations began at Ness of Brodgar more than 15 years ago and the site covers an area of about six acres (2.5 ha).
image copyrightNess of Brodgar
image captionThe stone was found at Ness of Brodgar
The decorated stone was found on Monday, followed by further discoveries of smaller carved stones during the rest of the week.
Painted stonework and tools are among other previous finds made at Ness of Brodgar.
The site forms part of the Heart of the Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site.
image copyrightNess of Brodgar
image captionSmaller decorated stone have also been found
image copyrightNess of Brodgar
image captionA stone marked with dots is also among the recent discoveries

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