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Rousay, Kierfea Hill

Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Site Name Rousay, Kierfea Hill

Classification Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Canmore ID 2714

Site Number HY43SW 18

NGR HY 4242 3196

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Rousay And Egilsay
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

HY43SW 18 4242 3196.

(HY 422 317 ) An Orkney-Cromarty round cairn placed high on the S face of Kierfea Hill, on sloping moorland. It is turf-covered and greatly ruined, reduced to a max height of five feet. It measures about 27 ft in diameter and has a double wall face surrounding it. The outer face is only partly exposed, on the N side of the entrance and for a quarter of its circumference on the S side. The inner wall face was seen on either side of the passage. The main axis of the passage and chamber lies S of E and N of W with the entrance in the former direction. The passage is

8 ft long and the chamber 12 ft long, is divided into three compartments by two pairs of transverse slabs.

The chamber has been left open after the excavation, but the N wall has collapsed.

Parts of three carinated bowls, sherds and a worked flint chip from this site are in the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS).

A S Henshall 1963.

A chambered cairn at HY 4242 3196 as described and planned by Henshall. Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS(ISS) 18 October 1972.

Activities

Field Visit (1941)

Visited by Childe in 1941.

V G Childe 1942

Orkney Smr Note

On front edge of terrace immediately above level ground.

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This was a turf-covered mound 5ft high, 27ft diameter,

before excavation by W Grant, 1940. Double exterior wall-face

only partially excavated. Main axis of passage and chamber is S

of E and N of W; chamber, stalled type, 12ft long divided into 3

by transverse slabs; side walls of masonry, max height 3ft 6in.

Chamber was left open after excavation; main features still

visible but N wall has collapsed. Carinated pottery and flint

chip in Nat Museum Antiqs. [R1]

Information from Orkney SMR [n.d.]

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