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Go to the side of Wideford Hill , over to the Wideford Hill Cairn and enjoy the large sweep of the valley down to Finstown and across all the way to Evie and beyond . Go to Cuween Hill , way up to Cuween Hill Cairn and look back across the valley to Wideford Hill . Go the other side of the Finstown pass , up to Binscarth House and around to beneath the Howe Harper Cairn and see right across to Hoy in the distance . Where do you look back to Finstown from ? Buckan that oversees the Brodgar peninsula , maybe the southern range of hills that look at the road from Stenness on , perhaps as far away as Hoy itself ? Of course this is meaningless in an archaeological context , there are so many other cairns between Kirkwall and Stromness I haven't tried to use , simply using for my purpose three having chance prominence . But I attribute meaning to those three points ( and now find that they are indeed connected ) . And because I have seen a pair looking at each other I search for a fourth term to complete the extrapolated second pair . Could be that there are such pairings all over the place but that the specific pairings changed over time . But at least archaeologists do admit the dwellings of the dead are placed on hillsides to keep a watch on the affairs of the living .

wideford Posted by wideford
28th January 2004ce
Edited 7th February 2004ce

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