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Oblique aerial view of Maes Howe.

SC 342817

Description Oblique aerial view of Maes Howe.

Date 7/1965

Collection John Dewar

Catalogue Number SC 342817

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of O 3445

Scope and Content Chambered cairn known as Maes Howe, Orkney Maes Howe is one of the most impressive chambered cairns in Scotland and indeed Europe. It clearly shows the skills of the Neolithic stone masons. The cairn was opened in 1861, but was found to be empty for it had been entered by Norsemen. The cairn itself is about 25m in diameter and about 7m high. It was built on a levelled circular platform, surrounded by a low bank made from the earth taken out of a shallow ditch on its inner side. The site was entered by James Farrer in 1861, but he only found some fragments of human skull. However, others had been there before him and the site was known as Orkhaugr in the Orkneyinga Saga. The site was reused for a 9th century Viking burial. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

External Reference 3694/7

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/collection/342817

File Format (TIF) Tagged Image File Format bitmap

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