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Chambered Cairns of Orkney An Inventory of the Structures and Their Contents (The Chambered Cairns of Scotland) by James L. Davidson

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Published by Edinburgh University Press .
Written in English


  • European archaeology,
  • Passage Graves culture,
  • Prehistoric Archaeology,
  • Archaeology / Anthropology,
  • Sociology,
  • Scotland,
  • Archaeology,
  • Cairns,
  • Neolithic period,
  • Orkney

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The Physical Object
Number of Pages198
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Open LibraryOL8280881M
ISBN 100852245475
ISBN 109780852245477

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Orkney's Chambered Cairns: The development of the chambered cairn. As mentioned in the introduction to this section, the designs of Orkney’s chambered cairns changed over the centuries. From the earliest stalled cairns, there was a shift in style that saw the scale and layout of the structures became more complex. Vinquoy Chambered Cairn, found to the north of the island, should definitely be on your hit list. Situated on Vinquoy Hill, with stunning views over Calf Sound and Orkney's north isles, this Neolithic cairn was first excavated in the s and features an entrance passage which leads to a central chamber . Buy The Chambered Cairns of Orkney (The chambered cairns of Scotland) by Davidson, J.L., Henshall, Audrey S. (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible s: 1. This chambered cairn boasts features of both kinds of traditional burial chambers found in Orkney. Once you're in the main chamber you'll see separate 'stalls' as well as a small, individual 'cell'. Other cairns from the Neolithic tend to feature only one or the other.

A fine example of a Neolithic chambered cairn in this island of incredible archaeology. Set back from the road in steep slope, Blackhammer is one of 15 chambered cairns in Rousay and was first excavated in the s. This year-old site is today entered by a ladder, but it originally featured a low, narrow entrance passage and a long central chamber with seven separate stalls. The fact that the blocking stone at the entry to the passage seems to be designed to be shut from the inside perhaps suggests that activities took place within the chamber, possibly at midwinter. Maeshowe is the most spectacular and biggest of the Maeshowe-type chambered cairns. The quality of the construction, and size of the sandstone blocks. Maeshowe is the finest chambered tomb in north west Europe and is more than 5, years old. Viking crusaders broke into the cairn in the 12th century and carved graffiti runes on the walls of the main chamber. Maeshowe is part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site, along with Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of. This Neolithic burial chamber is one Orkney's finest archaeological sites. Cuween Chambered Cairn can be found perched high on the hillside above the Bay of Firth, just outside the village of Finstown. It's around years-old and strikingly similar in style to Maeshowe. Once you crawl in through the small, one-metre-high entrance passage (be.

Chambered cairns, or tombs, are the most common surviving constructions from Orkney’s Neolithic past. Found throughout the islands, usually visible as low, grassy mounds, these ancient constructions are generally thought to have served as burial places – or, more correctly, repositories of the dead. The chambered tombs of Scotland. Vol.2, Edinburgh University Press ; The chambered cairns of Orkney: an inventory of the structures and their contents, with J.L. Davidson, Edinburgh University Press, ; The chambered cairns of Caithness: an inventory of the structures and their contents, with J.L. Davidson, Edinburgh University Press, The Chambered Cairns of Orkney. By J. L. Davidson & A. S. Henshall. pp., 32 figs, 26 plates. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, £ - Volume Details about CHAMBERED CAIRNS OF ORKNEY: AN INVENTORY OF STRUCTURES AND By Professor James L. ~ Quick Free Delivery in days. % Satisfaction ~ Be the first to write a Rating: % positive.