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robokid says "The current OS map record tumuli, whereas and older one shows a barrow aswell, and positions on both are different."
Unfortunately there is no certainty. Every now and again the O.S. will not only give new positions every now and again but they may also at the same time change site designations. Also a specific site may lose or gain a name all of its own as distinct from simply being a legend type. The county of Orkney isn't one of the largest but in the Orkney Archive the list of all changes (including those to modern settlements up to villages) in the IIRC 1970 map runs to several pages. Which is why we keep old-maps to hand.

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Posted by wideford
17th February 2008ce