The Scapa Flow Landscape Partnership Scheme

 

The Deepdale Stone

 

This single standing stone is nearly 2 metres high, embedded on high ground to the west of the road and directly opposite Stenness Loch. The stone was once one of a pair, but unfortunately nothing has survived of its partner. The missing stone, thought to have been slightly taller, was removed sometime between the 1940s and the 1970s; it had become unstable after many years of ploughing. Later excavations revealed the location of the socket hole.
 
Various theories have been proposed as to the stone's connection to other monuments - alignments with the Ring of Brodgar, or the tomb at Unstan, have been suggested.
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