10 things over 1,000 years old that you can see for yourself

These historic artifacts make it possible to come face-to-face with ancient times.

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Skara Brae Skara Brae (Photo: duchy / Shutterstock)

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Skara Brae artifacts

Skara Brae is a cluster of eight neolithic structures that were first inhabited more than 5,000 years ago. Sitting on the largest of Scotland's Orkney Islands, the buildings are remarkably well preserved. Coastal dunes on the island actually covered the settlement about 4,000 years ago.

According to historians, the encroaching sands were the reason that the village's inhabitants left. However, the sand also helped to protect the buildings from the elements. This is why they are in remarkably good shape today. The artifacts found at Skare Brae include stone furniture and tools made with animal bones. Skara Brae can be visited as part of a tour or the Orkneys. The entire village is designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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