The Neolithic village at Maes Howe dates from about 3000 BC and is one
of the best preserved examples for the period in the whole of Europe.
The houses were part subterranean with seemingly just the roof above
ground level for the most part. In the walls there are stone cot beds
which would have been filled with furs and a stone dresser for storage
and in the centre of the room a fir pit. How the roof was constucted
is not known but maybe it was wooden beams covered in felts. The
village of Maes Howe is so well preserved as it became buried only
becoming exposed in a great storm 150 years ago.