ND2644 : Camster Long Cairn

taken 8 years ago, near to Upper Camster, Highland, Great Britain

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Camster Long Cairn
Camster Long Cairn
The Grey Cairns of Camster are Neolithic burial mounds roughly 35,000BC. This a view of the largest of the three cairns - the Long Cairn - taken from the Round Cairn.

Unlike the round chamber which is on a flat terrace, this one is on a ridge.
It was excavated in the 1860's and again in the 1970's. It's a complex monument with several phases of construction. Including the horns at either end it measures about 200 foot.
Two chambers were located at the northern end of the cairn, each seemingly enclosed within an initial round cairn structure. The northern chamber was of a simple polygonal form, with a short passage, while the southern chamber was a more complex tripartite structure with a passage orientated almost due east. It has been suggested that these would have stood as independent structures, before their consolidation within the later long cairn. The simpler polygonal chamber may have been the primary construction on the site. The evidence is not conclusive and the monument may be a single-phase construction. Excavation uncovered bone, pottery and ash.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 14 October, 2009   (more nearby)
Saturday, 30 January, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ND 260 440 [100m precision]
WGS84: 58:22.6894N 3:16.0198W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ND 260 442
View Direction
SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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