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Orkney Barrows Project

This project comprised field visits, excavation and desk based assessments of mounds, cairns and barrows in Orkney. The purpose of the project was to gather condition information for Historic Scotland.

Several mounds in Orkney were excavated during July to September 1994 as part of the Orkney Barrows Project. The aim of the excavation was to gauge the archaeological potential of mounds after several forms of damage common to such earthworks had taken place. Accordingly mounds in a range of conditions were excavated, from those that had been ploughed flat to some that were still reasonably upstanding.