Midwinter at Maeshowe, Orkney.

Maeshowe © Frank Bradford

The Ancients built Maeshowe burial chamber to align with the Midwinter Solstice Sun Set in the Stone age ~ the exact reason why they did this has been lost, but we can imagine the reason, and it’s clear to see that it has a great deal to do with the Solstice when the sun is reborn to rise again.

In our modern age, of computers, webcams and the internet, we can share this experience as it happens; if it happens… weather up in the far north is chaotic and on Orkney, surrounded by sea, it changes every five minutes sometimes!

Still, the process of the sun’s traverse of the passage way into the inner chamber is a fascinating thing to observe, live, as it happens.

We can try to imagine the ancients and the rituals that must have taken place at this time.

With the recent finds on the Ness of Brodgar, only a stone’s throw away from Maeshowe, there is evidence of great feasting in the latter phase of the complex. Further more, if the site is a ritual complex, then what part did it play in the Midwinter Solstice Celebrations?

To watch the process of the Suns journey into the heart of the tomb follow this link

If you wish, leave your musings in comments ~ be interesting to hear what you have to say 🙂


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