Midhowe Chambered Cairn receives £30,000 investment from Historic Environment Scotland
One of Scotland's largest chambered cairns, on the Isle of Rousay in Scotland, is to benefit from £30,000 of Historic Environment Scotland funding, for conservation work to go ahead.
Midhowe Chambered Cairn on Rousay island, which is 3km north of the Orkney mainland, is a Neolithic chambered cairn where the remains of at least 25 humans have been found. The cairn stands twenty metres from the shoreline and is sheltered from the elements by a stone and steel structure erected in the 1930s, following the initial excavation of the site.
Giving an insight into conservation efforts at the time, the shelter makes use of traditional stonework and is naturally ventilated and lit rather than being completely enclosed. Above the Cairn, a 33 meter long walkway allows visitors a unique view of the partitioned burial chambers, where the remains of 25 individuals were found.
Video of Midhowe Chambered Cairn:
The conservation work
This summer, work will be undertaken to restore the steel elements of the structure and tackle climate-related corrosion, so the Cairn can continue to be enjoyed by all. HES Head of Conservation North, Lucy Vaughn said: "Chambered cairns are not uncommon in the north of Scotland, but this is one of the best preserved examples thanks to careful conservation.
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