On a small bay on the shores of Scotland, fierce storms can sometimes hit, causing the area to be a bit dangerous and sometimes experience some tragic after effects of the natural harsh weather. But after one storm, this little area was able to unmask an ancient secret that archaeologists had yet to discover. Sometimes it feels as though we’ve explored an area and that we know everything about it. But that is the furthest from the truth. Archaeologists are uncovering amazing mysteries constantly, and that is especially true in the case of what was behind this hidden door. Click through to see what they discovered!
#18 In 1850, A Terrible Storm Swept Over The Orkney Islands
Sometime in the mid to late 1850s, a terrible storm swept over the islands of Orkney. This area is often susceptible to violent storms that can sometimes wipe out homes and villages. But instead, with this storm, a secret had been uncovered. After the storm, villagers found a secret door and you’ll never guess that it was to…
#17 For Thousands Of Years, No One Knew This Existed
The door had been covered over with sand for almost a millennia. For all of these years, no one had any idea what was behind the door, let alone that it existed in the first place! It wasn’t in history books what had been here, and no one who lived in the area knew the secret.
#16 It Is A Secret Older Than The Pyramids
Within the rolling hillside on the island, a secret has been buried so deep that no one knew of it until now. Behind the secret door, is a perfectly preserved village that existed in prehistoric times known as Skara Brae. It doesn’t look like much at first, but you’ll be amazed at what lies inside.
#15 The Storm Was Terrible
The storm that hit this village was an absolutely terrible one. Unfortunately, the storm of 1850 took around two hundred lives as it swept fiercely through the town. The only good thing that came out of this terrible storm was that it unveiled this hidden city which may have never been found otherwise. But where did it come from?
#14 It Was Around During B.C. Times
The village of Skara Brae existed roughly between 3180 B.C. and 2500 B.C. Within the village consists eight stone houses. The fact that it was determined to survive in this era makes it one of the oldest agricultural villages in the U.K. A discovery like this is incredible! There’s so much more inside this village that makes it all the more amazing of a find! Click through to see!
#13 It’s Very Well Preserved
Because of how incredibly preserved the city is, it has gained the nickname of being the “Scottish Pompei.” The surrounding sand, as well as just the overall architectural structure of the building, helped to keep it so well preserved against the cold, harsh, and terrible elements during all of these years.
#12 The Sea Is Getting Closer
During the time that this village was inhabited, there existed about 50-100 settlers. The village was also about 1,500 meters from the sea. Since then, the shores have been getting smaller and smaller. What was once rolling hills and pastures have now become a water view with the sea replacing grass.
#11 The Houses Were Connected By Tunnel
The detail of the village is truly incredible. Though there only existed seven or eight houses, they were still a bit large. Each of the houses is also connected to each other by a simple system of tunnels. The tunnels could then be closed off from the tunnel by a stone door. What lies behind these stone doors is all the more incredible.
#10 The Insides Are Preserved
The insides of each of the houses are also extremely well preserved. Inside consists several beds, cabinets, dressers, seats, and storage boxes. In each of the rooms, one bed is bigger and no one is quite sure why. The boxes are also waterproof, suggesting they kept seafood inside as storage for later consumption.
#9 One House Is Different
All of the houses are the same as each other. There is one house, that is an exception, however. One house is a bit larger than the rest, but it doesn’t contain the other items that the rest of the houses do. There are no beds, dressers, drawers, or anything else like the rest. This suggests it might have been a work room. This isn’t the only mystery that lies inside the village, however.
#8 There Was A Sewage System!
Within the village system, there was also a method for getting rid of waste! Each of the houses was hooked up to this extensive sewage system! This is truly remarkable for the time that the village existed. This was a very detailed and intricate design and system for this time, making the discovery all the more incredible.
#7 They Could Have Been Picts
Archaeologists suggest the possibility that the people who inhabited this village were known as Picts. Picts were people of unknown origin who settled in Scotland around the time of the ending of the British Iron Age. Archaeologists can’t say for certain that these were those people, however, and found evidence they might have lived sooner. You won’t believe what else they found inside the houses!
#6 They Were A Close Group
When exploring the houses, archaeologists found that there was no one house that was particularly larger or nicer than the rest. This suggests that there wasn’t really a big difference among equality in the people of the village. They were obviously all very close and equal people who didn’t feel the need for a big hierarchal system.
#5 Many Mysterious Objects Were Found
There have been other mysterious objects and discoveries around the area during this time. One of them was the discovery of this carved stone ball. The purpose of the ball is unknown, and even the best archaeologists can’t say the reason for the creation. Was it a toy? A tool? A massage ball? No one really knows.
#4 No One Knows What Happened To The People
No one really has an exact idea as to why the people left the village and why it became abandoned. It is mostly believed that they too were the victims of a violent storm that wiped out their people. But nothing in the village particularly suggests any one clear answer as to where the people went. There weren’t even any bodies found in the village!
#3 Weather Could Have Played A Different Role
Since there weren’t any bodies found on the site, it’s unlikely that they were attacked by anything, man or nature. The Islands have been known to get colder and wetter, suggesting that possibly the people felt the need to abandon their land and find a better place to raise their livestock, crops, and families.
#2 The Site Is Threatened Now
Having such a preserved piece of history is truly a treat for archaeologists as well as tourists of the area. It’s so well preserved that we are able to get a really good and detailed glimpse of what life looked like around the time that this tiny village was inhabited. But we might not have this village forever.
#1 The Sea Is Still A Threat
The sea is still a large threat against the city. The island still experiences harsh storms and other elements that are at risk of destroying the perfectly preserved village. There’s a chance that there might be an artificial beach equipped with large stones being built in order to protect the village. But no one knows for certain what the future holds for Skara Brae.
The future of Skara Brae is still unknown, unfortunately. Protecting a village like this is very important, as there are still so many unknown facts about this historic place yet to be uncovered. If it gets destroyed by a storm, we might never have a chance to solve all the mysteries that still surround it. Where did these people come from, and where did they go? Why did they settle here and why did they decide to leave? What was that stone ball all about? Hopefully, city officials will be able to come up with a solution to protect this village as well as other historic monuments that might give us a glimpse into what live used to be like for people thousands of years before us.