Hearth, Heart, Home: Skara Brae's Early Stone Age Dwellings

February 20, 2018
5555 Hermann Park Drive | Houston, TX 77030
Contact: Education
Phone: (713) 639-4629
Times: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Admission: $18.00
Area of Town: Museum District

The 50th Anniversary Season of the Archaeological Institute of America, Houston Society continues its Sankofa year - revealing how the past impacts our future - with an engrossing lecture by Martin Carruthers on a UNESCO World Heritage site - Skara Brae, a superbly preserved Neolithic hut settlement on Orkney Island, Scotland, which is surrounded by more than 20+ structures. "Hearth, Heart, Home: Skara Brae's Early Stone Age Dwellings" will be presented by Martin Carruther at the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre.

The site includes the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae; the giant chambered grave of Maeshowe; and the Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar, two huge neighboring circles of standing stones. Carruthers believes that this farming community of a few thousand-people coalesced into larger tribal units, perhaps with an elite ruling class, which began to construct bigger and bigger monuments. Discovered in 2003, archaeologists believe the Orkney Islands served as a cultural center for people of the New Stone Age.

He will focus his discussion on the hut settlement, Skara Brae. The settlement is the first place discovered on the Island, and consists of eight stone-built structures connected by low covered passageways with stone slab roofs - structures we would refer to as a "home." Each featured a large square room with a fireplace, a bed and a shelved dresser. They sheltered people for 600 years from 3200BC to 2200BC.

What does "home" mean to you? How do you know when you are "home?" Join members of the Archaeology Society for Carruther's lecture "Hearth, Heart, Home: Skara Brae's Early Stone Age Dwellings," to learn more about this site, described as the "World's Greatest Neolithic Find."

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