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Stenness, stone circle and henge

A Scheduled Monument in West Mainland, Orkney Islands

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Latitude: 58.994 / 58°59'38"N

Longitude: -3.2082 / 3°12'29"W

OS Eastings: 330675

OS Northings: 1012501

OS Grid: HY306125

Mapcode National: GBR L4FY.YZ2

Mapcode Global: WH69W.P6HG

Entry Name: Stenness, stone circle and henge

Scheduled Date: 18 August 1882

Last Amended: 16 April 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM90285

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: henge

Location: Stenness

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: West Mainland

Traditional County: Orkney


The monument comprises a stone circle, henge and all other remains in the area in the care of the Secretary of State for Scotland at the Stones of Stenness. Different names (Ring of Stenness, Stones of Stenness) are used on OS maps of different scales.

The area to be scheduled is the area in the care of the Secretary of State for Scotland containing the henge and stone circle and other remains, measuring 88.4m or thereabouts along its NW side, 85.3m or thereabouts along its NE side and 102.1m or thereabouts along its SE side and bounded on all sides by a fence, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract. The scheduling excludes the fence.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance, indeed international importance, as part of the core of a mainly third and second millennium BC (although including elements which may be of late 4th millennium BC date) ritual landscape. The stone circle and henge, in an area within which other remains may be expected to survive, give the monument importance both as a field monument and because the area contains important information about religious, ceremonial and funerary practices of late fourth and third millennium societies. The monument is also important because other monuments within a broader area extending to the horizons may have been sited in relationship to it.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



Ritchie, J. N. G. (1976)'The Stones of Stenness, Orkney' Proc. Soc. Antiq. Scot. 107 (1975-6), 1'60.
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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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