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 still happy to next visit something that didn’t involve squatting down just to get inside!
The Barnhouse Settlement, is STILL within a couple of miles of all the sites from my last posts,
and this is such a rich area for prehistoric sites that a fresh dig has just opened up another.
Barnhouse Village was discovered as recently as 1984
Once again, the houses on this site were built over 5000 years ago
All things considered, they were built to last!
Flint and stone tools were found in the area, as well as a piece of pitchstone thought to have come from the Isle of Arran, over 250 miles and two sea crossings away!
Another amazing experience, standing amongst the remains of these buildings where people led their lives so very long ago.