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
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.