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Mound (Period Unassigned)(Possible)

Site Name Kongarsknowe

Classification Mound (Period Unassigned)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Fairy Brae Of Congasquoy; Congasquoy Hillock; Konger's Knowe

Canmore ID 277488

Site Number HY30NW 31

NGR HY 3446 0513

NGR Description HY c. 3446 0513

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Orphir
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney


Field Visit (2005)

HY30NW 31 c. 3446 0513

Noted in Johnston (A W Johnston 1903) under 'folklore miscellany' and on a map of 1820 with a date 1797 is a mound near Congasquoy. The miscellany refers to a 'Fortescue of Swanbister' had wanted to excavate a mound, but was 'dissuaded from his investigation'. Johnston refers to it as the 'Congarsknowe tumulus in the vicinity of the old King's Highroad'.

The site was recently visited by Mr M Howe who noted in the 'Kongarsknowe field', the lower half of a turf-covered mound in a circular pool of water. The mound consisted of what was possibly decayed rock, probably sandstone. Though no evidence for a structure could be seen it had the appearance of a man-made mound about 90m in circumference and the central portion was about 2-3m high. Mr Howe believes the mound to be that noted in Johnston (ibid).

Information via e-mail to RCAHMS from Mr M Howe, 14 October 2005.


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