Skara Brae Timeline

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  • c. 3300 BCE - 2600 BCE
    Neolithic site of Barnhouse Settlement occupied.
  • c. 3100 BCE
    Neolithic village of Skara Brae inhabited.
  • 3100 BCE
    Neolithic Village of Skara Brae inhabited, stone walls built.
  • c. 3000 BCE - c. 2800 BCE
    The Neolithic chambered cairn known as Maeshowe constructed and in use.
  • 2600 BCE
    Barnhouse Settlement abandoned and partially destroyed by inhabitants.
  • c. 2500 BCE
    Village of Skara Brae is abandoned for unknown reasons.
  • 1850 CE
    Buried Neolithic Age village of Skara Brae uncovered by storm.
  • 1913 CE
    Skara Brae site is plundered by unknown parties.
  • 1924 CE
    Skara Brae is placed under guardianship of H.M. Commissioners of Works.
  • 1924 CE
    A storm damages the exposed village of Skara Brae and destroys one house.
  • 1927 CE
    Professional excavation and preservation efforts begin at Skara Brae under V. G. Childe and J.W. Paterson.
  • 1999 CE
    Skara Brae declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.