The Knap of Howar

The house found at the Knap of Howar on the island of Papa Westray is the oldest recorded building in Orkney.

It is thought to be around 5,500 years old. Evidence found by archaeologists indicates that the inhabitants reared cattle, sheep and pigs.

Quernstones found at the site also show that they ground grain and seeds for food.

Many stone implements and pieces of pottery have been found here, including examples of Unstan ware - named after pottery of the characteristic type found at Unstan Cairn at Stenness on mainland Orkney.