Wideford Hill

Chambered Cairn

Site Name Wideford Hill

Classification Chambered Cairn

Canmore ID 2483

Site Number HY41SW 1

NGR HY 4090 1211

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Kirkwall And St Ola
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

HY41SW 1 4090 1211.

(HY 4090 1211) Chambered Mound (NR)

OS 6" map, Orkney, 2nd ed., (1903).

Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn. A conspicuous megalithic chambered cairn with three concentric walls. The burial chamber, with three large calls leading off it,is entered by a passage. It is of neolithic date c.2,000 B.C.

RCAHMS 1946; V G Childe and W D Simpson 1961; A S Henshall 1963; H E Kilbride-Jones 1973.

This cairn has been built on a platform constructed on the western slope of a hill.

Re-surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (GHP) 5 April 1964.

'The Orcadian' reported the excavation of a subterranean chamber at Wideford Hill.

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