ORKNEY FARMER FINDS FORGOTTEN PAGAN TEMPLE-by Shirley English, The
As archaeological excavations go, it was not among the most sophisticated.
Armed with a JCB digger, ropes and a shovel, Douglas Paterson set out
to discover whether stories that he had heard as a boy about a "spooky
underground hoose" at Tankerness on Orkney were true.
On an island already rich in prehistoric monuments, the most famous
being the coastal Stone Age village of Skara Brae, his find has emerged
as unique in Europe and could be of huge importance in understanding the
pagan ceremonies of early human beings.
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