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Salt Knowe

Round Barrow(s)

<b>Salt Knowe</b>Posted by RavenfeatherImage © Paul Kesterton
Nearest Town:Stromness (5km SW)
OS Ref (GB):   HY293133 / Sheet: 6
Latitude:59° 0' 4.21" N
Longitude:   3° 13' 50.85" W

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Pesky rabbits

This has been fenced off. April 10th Radio Orkney had an item about the protection (they have now also covered it with matting owing to rabbit damage) but don't say whether still accessible to the public. Fence visible on this pic latest pic, Salt Knowe on the left
wideford Posted by wideford
10th April 2014ce

Silsbury pill

Geophysics has revealed that thiis is not a chambered cairn but more like Silbury Hill, as with a site at Dunragit in Dumfries and Galloway, the BA cist and animal bones from ?feasting towards the top being later additions
wideford Posted by wideford
17th April 2008ce

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Visited 6th May 2014

Gorgeous day at Brodgar. I walked over to the huge mound of Salt Knowe, still currently fenced off, to see how the anti-rabbit proofing was getting on. It didn't take long before I had my answer, as several families of bunnies could be seen happily enjoying the sunshine on the slopes of the mound.

The green matting used to cover the Knowe currently gives it a threadbare appearance, and several holes leading to burrows were clearly visible gnawed through the mesh, so it looks like a rethink may be in order!
Ravenfeather Posted by Ravenfeather
9th May 2014ce

Visited 4.6.12

This Barrow is huge – approximately 30 metres across x 3 metres high.

An information board stated that it has never been excavated and it is thought that there may be a passage grave inside. The barrow is comparable in size to Maeshowe.
I see Wideford states it has been surveyed so the info board is out of date.

You get a good view of the Ring of Brodgar from the top of the Barrow.

I couldn’t see ant trace of the cist – perhaps it has grown over?
Posted by CARL
10th July 2012ce

It's in a terrible state, what were rabbit scrapes is now an extensive burrow system - it would be better excavated before it becomes a complete unstratifiable mess wideford Posted by wideford
14th August 2009ce
Edited 14th August 2009ce

Behind the Ring of Brodgar in the RH corner of the field there is a cist-like structure at the top of this mound, though all I could locate on my visit was the turf-covered edge of a long horizontal slab at the side facing the loch. During an excavation nine pieces of silver 'ring-money' were found. wideford Posted by wideford
24th April 2004ce


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BA burial mound or chambered tomb wideford Posted by wideford
30th March 2005ce