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Appiehouse Standing Stone / Menhir
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Berrydale Round Barrow(s)
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Breckness Broch (Destroyed)
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The Brecks Cairn(s)
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Broch of Borwick Broch
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Broch of Burgar Broch
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Broch of Gurness Broch
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Broch of Lingro Broch (Destroyed)
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Brockan Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Brough of Bigging Cliff Fort
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Burgar Chambered Cairn
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Burrian Broch Broch
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Burrian (Corrigall) Broch
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Burrian (Russland) Broch
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Chapel Knowe Broch
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Costa Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Crantit Souterrain
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Dale Souterrain
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Deepdale Standing Stones
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Dounby House Round Barrow(s)
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East House Round Barrow(s)
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The Fairy Knowe Chambered Cairn
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Grain Souterrain Souterrain
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Grimston Broch
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Grind Round Barrow(s)
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Gyre Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Harraymen's Graves Stone Row / Alignment
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Henge Round Barrow(s)
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The Hillock Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Hillock of Breakna Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Hill of Heddle Round Barrow(s)
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The Howe Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Howe Harper Cairn(s)
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Hundland Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Hurkisgarth Round Barrow(s)
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Ingshowe Broch Broch
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Kirbister Hill Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Knowes of Howana Round Barrow(s)
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Knowes of Lingro Round Barrow(s)
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Knowes of Trotty Cairn(s)
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Knowes of Yonbell Cairn(s)
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Knowe of Angerow Round Barrow(s)
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Knowe of Buckquoy Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Knowe of Crustan Round Barrow(s)
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Knowe of Dishero Broch
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Knowe of Geoso Chambered Cairn
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Knowe of Grugar Broch
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Knowe of Gullow Broch
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Knowe of Makerhouse Burnt Mound / Fulacht Fia
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Knowe of Midgarth Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Knowe of Nebigarth Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Knowe of Nesthouse Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Knowe of Skorn Chambered Cairn
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Knowe of Stenso Broch
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Knowe of Verron Broch
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Konger's Knowe Round Barrow(s)
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Leafea Standing Stones
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Linga Fold Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Lingrow Chambered Tomb (Destroyed)
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Linnahowe Artificial Mound (Destroyed)
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Loch of Clumly Broch (Destroyed)
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Lower Arsdale Carving
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Lyde Road Round Barrow(s)
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Millhouse Round Barrow(s)
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Mittens Round Barrow(s)
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Ness of Woodwick Broch
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Nether Bigging Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Nettletar Broch
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Newan Chambered Cairn
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North Biggin Broch
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Oxtro Broch Broch (Destroyed)
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Oyce of Isbister Round Barrow(s)
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Peterkirk Broch (Destroyed)
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Pickaquoy Artificial Mound
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Pickaquoy Cairn(s)
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Point of Buckquoy Round Barrow(s)
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Point of Onston Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Quanterness Chambered Tomb
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Queena Fjold Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Quholm, Burn of Una Burnt Mound / Fulacht Fia
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Quinni Moan Round Barrow(s)
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Quoyelsh Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Quoys Chambered Cairn
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Redland North Chambered Cairn
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Redland South Chambered Cairn
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Rennibister Souterrain
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Rosemount and Easthouse Round Barrow(s)
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Russel Howe Cairn(s)
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Sandyhall Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Saverock Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Seven Knowes Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Shennar Howe Cairn(s)
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Skara Brae Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Snaba Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Spurdagrove Standing Stone / Menhir
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Stackrue Broch Stone Fort / Dun
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Stanerandy Standing Stone / Menhir
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Staney Hill Standing Stone / Menhir
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Stockan Cairn(s)
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Stones of Via Burial Chamber
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St Mary's Kirk (Isbister) Broch
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Tingwall Broch (Destroyed)
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Unstan Cairn(s)
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Vestrafiold Cairn(s)
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Vetquoy Round Barrow(s)
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Vola Round Barrow(s)
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Voy Crannog
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Voy Burnt Mound / Fulacht Fia
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Ward Hill Round Barrow(s)
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Wheebin Standing Stone / Menhir
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Wideford Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Wideford Hill Chambered Cairn
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Burn of Cruland Standing Stone / Menhir
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The Cairns, Hall of Ireland Cairn(s)
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Crossiecrown Cairn(s)
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Graystane Standing Stone / Menhir
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Harproo Dyke
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Harray Viewpoint Broch
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Hourston Crannog
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Loch of Boardhouse Standing Stone / Menhir
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Loch of Skaill Niche Natural Rock Feature
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Lower Hobbister Artificial Mound
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Maesquoy Standing Stones
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Nabban Cist
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Nether Crantit Souterrain
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Ravie Hill Standing Stone / Menhir
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Skaill Church Standing Stones
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Skaill road Standing Stones
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South Seatter Standing Stones
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Standing Stones Hotel Chambered Cairn
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St. Magnus's Well Sacred Well
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Upper Garson Standing Stones
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Wasdale Crannog
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Wideford Hill Dyke

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9 possible BA figurines found

Found during work at the Finstown sub-station "A team from ORCA Archaeology, carrying out exploratory excavations at the proposed site of an electrical substation development in Orkney, has unearthed nine, half-metre tall stone-carved objects." https://www.orkney.com/news/finstown-finds plenty of lovely images shown
wideford Posted by wideford
6th December 2019ce

Firth settlement compared to Ness of Brodgar

A geophysics image produced for an investigation at Redland in the parish of Firth of a site occupied ~3300-2000BCE clearly shows a boundary around round houses, and this wall/ditch has been compared by those concerned with the Great Wall at the Ness of Brodgar in the parish of Stenness.
http://orkneyarchaeologysociety.org.uk/index.php/features/redlands-investigtion
wideford Posted by wideford
23rd April 2013ce

a Wideford Hill site re-discovered ?


"Orkney Today" and "The Orcadian" of June 4th 2009 report the discovery of a potential tomb at Heathfield, beehive shaped and built straight into the bedrock. There is a lintelled space opposite the corbelled cell... continues...
wideford Posted by wideford
4th June 2009ce
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Fieldnotes

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BROUGH OF BIRSAY SAFE CROSSING
Radio Orkney has discontinued their early morning tide times for tourists to reach the Brough of Birsay. Their system took three-and-a-half hours off the Kirkwall low tide and then allowed five hours for safe crossing. Ocassionally this proved conservative but on very rare occasions folk still got stuck. The reports will be resumed when/if a more reliable method is found.
wideford Posted by wideford
13th May 2010ce

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Skara Brae (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Skara Brae</b>Posted by thesweetcheat thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
11th August 2019ce

Ness of Brodgar (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — News

'Stunning' decorated Neolithic stone discovered in Orkney


Archaeologists have uncovered what they describe as a "stunning example" of Neolithic decorate stone in Orkney.

The notch-marked slab was discovered at Ness of Brodgar, the location of a well-preserved and sophisticated complex of stone buildings.

The site was built and occupied by people more than 5,000 years ago.

Archaeological excavations began at Ness of Brodgar more than 15 years ago and the site covers an area of about six acres (2.5 ha)....



https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-49030379

http://www.nessofbrodgar.co.uk/
moss Posted by moss
19th July 2019ce

Ring of Brodgar (Circle henge) — Fieldnotes

I'd definitely advise walking up there from the Stones of Stennes, passing the Watch Stone and other smaller standing stones on your left. You'll also pass the Comet Stone.
If you drive up to the car park you're going to miss the details as it's a narrow and busy road. And it's actually a nice walk.
Currently the inner is off limits which was disappointing. But I followed the rules, for once.
harestonesdown Posted by harestonesdown
21st May 2019ce

Skara Brae (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Fieldnotes

Very sterile feeling. A human conveyor belt of tourists coming and going. I was invited down in there after a long chat with the archaeologist stationed there.
Felt like Stonehenge and Mae's Howe. Though I did manage to have it to myself for 10 minutes by hanging around all day.
I wouldn't go again. The Barnhouse settlement 100 metres from The Stones of Stennes if far worthier a visit imo. And doesnt cost £9.
You can get a free look from a small ssection of fence by the entrance. Pretty crap though.
Theres a gate to the right of the entrance, right by the sea front fence. It's a right of way so you're allowed through it. You get a better free view this way. Just mention it's a row and the ticket masters will back off. I wasted £9.
The reconstructed house is definitely worth a look though.
harestonesdown Posted by harestonesdown
21st May 2019ce

The Fairy Knowe (Chambered Cairn) — Fieldnotes

Taking the bus either way you want to get off at Finstown. Facing kirkwall just walk along the road to the first obvious right turn. Think its signed "Old Finstown rd". You cant miss it.
Two routes. Turn right into the community hall road and just keep heading uphill. About half a mile up you'll see an obvious left onto the moor. Follow it for 5 mins and you'll see the modern cairns. Shes below you on your left. :)
Second route takes a short walk along the road. It is short but I wouldn't do it with kids. The sign points you to it and this route involves a much shorter uphill walk.
You flip the coin!
harestonesdown Posted by harestonesdown
20th May 2019ce

Barnhouse Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Visited 13/5/19. Was only there a couple of minutes when the farmer +1 pulled up in his little buggy pick up type thing and told me in no uncertain terms "get out of our fucking field".
I gave him a thumbs up and quickly jumped on the very timely approaching bus.
Nice!
harestonesdown Posted by harestonesdown
14th May 2019ce

The Fairy Knowe (Chambered Cairn) — Fieldnotes

14/5/19.
Currently sat at Cuween taking on food and water, and bathing in the sun and the stunning scenery.
Got the bus from Stromness to Finnstown and walked the remainder of the way. Bit dicey on the road due to speeding traffic but it's not too far a walk.
Initially had Unstan down as my favourite from this visit, then Wideford. This blows them out of the water! Probably the most stunning site I've visited, and that includes all the show sites on Orkney! Even the sites in my beloved Wiltshire. I dont think I could call it between here and the Dwarfie stand for number 1 spot. I rate this place so high. It genuinely is a must visit site, even if it takes up your whole trip.
Inside is stunning. Odd. A real curiosity.
I'm gonna go drink it in now, stay a few hours and just wonder at this magical place.
Bring a torch. Luckily I have two! :D
harestonesdown Posted by harestonesdown
14th May 2019ce

Wideford Hill (Chambered Cairn) — Images

<b>Wideford Hill</b>Posted by harestonesdown harestonesdown Posted by harestonesdown
14th May 2019ce

Wideford Hill (Chambered Cairn) — Fieldnotes

14/5/19. Currently sat at Cuween writing this, watching a female hen harrier below.
My visit has been a bit of a nightmare. I definitely do not recommend walking the road from Finnstown past Cuween to get to Wideford. Almost got hit by a truck. :D
The bus driver refused to stop anywhere near the bottom of the hill so I had to make my own way from Finnstown. A car is a definite bonus for a visit here but today has proved it can be done without. Usually the bus drivers are great but not this one.
Luckily for the second time today I managed to thumb a lift on the way back.
I kinda took the wrong route up to Wideford, walking up the steep road past the farm. Very tiring on this stunningly glorious day.
The cairn itself is just awesome. Others have covered this previously so I wont ramble on.
Despite several negatives on the day the effort was more than worth it. The scenery simply out of this world.
Taking on food and water before I venture inside Cuween. Been sat here around an hour just looking back across to Wideford. With views to die for and several hours to kill I'm in no rush. :)
harestonesdown Posted by harestonesdown
14th May 2019ce

The Fairy Knowe (Chambered Cairn) — News

Neolithic dog reveals tales behind Orkney's monuments


The head of a dog that lived on Orkney 4,500 years ago has been recreated in what experts believe is the world’s first canine forensic reconstruction.

The dog had been domesticated in the Neolithic era on the Scottish island archipelago, but still carried wolf-like characteristics, standing about the size of a large collie, according to Historic Environment Scotland (HES) which jointly commissioned the reconstruction with the National Museum of Scotland.

It was reconstructed by a forensic artist – using techniques similar to those by crime scene investigators – from one of 24 dog skulls that were excavated by archaeologists in Cuween Hill, a delicate passage tomb on Orkney’s Mainland, and which have been radiocarbon-dated to 2,500BC.


https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/13/neolithic-dog-reveals-tales-behind-orkney-monuments
moss Posted by moss
13th April 2019ce
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