Farmer Knocks Over A Stone And Uncovers The Hidden Entrance To A Thousand-Year-Old Secret
Like the rest of its European compatriots, Scotland is steeped with a colorful, complex history. And no, it isn't all just the brutal head-lopping found in Bravehart—though there is a great deal of war in the country's rearview mirror.
Not so long ago, however, one farmer discovered something amazing about ancient Scottish history hidden within the sand dunes of one of the country's northernmost islands.
The kicker? He found this breathtaking discovery hidden behind something incredibly ordinary...
In 1850, a Scottish farmer on the island of Orkney was walking through the sand dunes that litter the western coast. There, he moved a rock aside and discovered something that had been hidden for thousands of years.
At first, he saw what looked like a simple hole, but when he peered inside, he couldn't believe his eyes: it was a passageway that appeared to be a part of an entire labyrinth of rooms and corridors. An entire ancient city was hidden behind an ordinary slab of stone that whole time!
The settlement, it turned out, was the remains Skara Brae, a neolithic city. Researchers believed that the ancient settlement might've been over 5,000 years old, making it more ancient than even the Egyptian pyramids.
Luckily, because the city had been covered by the sand dunes, it remained preserved for centuries until the farmer found it, untouched by other humans and hidden from the wear and tear of the passage of time.