Stanydale Temple

Stanydale Temple is an archaeological site in Shetland, 20 miles northwest of Lerwick. Walking across boggy ground, the water of which penetrates even the best of walking boots, one may enter this once covered spot. It was declared a temple in 1949, owing to the similarity of design to Maltese temples from the same period, but no-one really knows what it was for. Traces of burnt sheep bones have been found, suggesting ritual usage and carbonised remains found in the post holes indicate a roof made of North American spruce, which is intriguing to say the least. 

It is dated to 2000 -3000 years before Christ, suggesting to serious Bible-believers that it was constructed between Babel Tower and Abram’s time in Egypt. Perhaps it was actually erected by those fleeing God’s judgement at Babel:

and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

Genesis 11:9b

This rather humbler monument is a far more befitting expression of man’s ability to find God and reach into heaven, for it’s now nothing more than a squat oval, a curious collection of piled stones and recesses, over which even a short person may gaze. Still, these ancient folk may have retained a knowledge of the Creator God to whose memory this site was dedicated, on this windswept hill, many miles from Shinar.


And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him. 

Acts 17:26-17