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Publication drawing; plan of Maes Howe chambered cairn. Photographic copy.

SC 342820

Description Publication drawing; plan of Maes Howe chambered cairn. Photographic copy.

Date c. 1929

Collection Records of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), Edinbu

Catalogue Number SC 342820

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of ORD 92/3 P

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 section shows how the 1.4m high passage opens into a square chamber about 4.7m across. There are three side cells. The ground plan is similar to that of New Grange, County Meath, Ireland which is of a similar date. 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 Inv. fig. 382


File Format (TIF) Tagged Image File Format bitmap

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