Maes Howe Chambered Tomb Orkney - Scotland

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Maes Howe Chambered Tomb Orkney, Scotland

Maes Howe tomb is near the Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar on the Orkney Mainland. This superb structure dates to somewhere around 3000BC. The mound is 7.3 meters high and 35 meters in diameter. A ditch and low bank surrounds it. The long, low entrance passage leads to the main chamber which is about 4.5 meters square and would have been about 4.5 meters in height; however the roof collapsed after being entered by Norsemen in the 12th century. These raiders left runic graffiti over much of the main chamber stones. There are three subsidiary chambers in the walls of the main chamber. At mid winter, the setting sun shines down the passage and shines on the back wall of the tomb.

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