More neolithic sites from Orkney mainland by Deborah. I’m so proud to be Orcadian.
I promised more, and believe me, there’s plenty more!
First up is Unstan Chambered Cairn.
This is only a little way along the road from Maeshowe, and the second of 4 chambered cairns we explored. If you recall, I was a little apprehensive about going into Maeshowe, being somewhat claustrophobic. Having survived the experience and found it not too bad, I was feeling braver.
Just as well, as this entrance tunnel, although not as long, is markedly lower.
Probably built about 5,000 years ago as a communal burial place, it’s an unusual example of a stalled cairn, with internal divisions or stalls, and a single side cell.
Or the more amusing version…
This was the first site where a collection of pottery bowls was found, and subsequently where other fragments were discovered they are known as Unstan Pottery.
I was definitely feeling bolder about entering these cairns, but I was…
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