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TITLE
Chambered Cairn at Camster, Caithness
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_2471_VOLXII_P446
PLACENAME
Camster
DISTRICT
Northern
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Latheron
DATE OF IMAGE
1876
PERIOD
1870s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31660
KEYWORDS
cairns
buildings
burial chambers
neolithic
construction
plans
Chambered Cairn at Camster, Caithness

This illustration shows the cross section of a Chambered Cairn near Camster, Caithness. The chamber occupies the centre of the cairn. The walls around the chamber are built regularly but the roof is arched by overlapping stones. A retaining wall is built round the whole circumference of the cairn. A long narrow passage provides access to the chamber.

The Grey Cairns of Camster are Camster Round, a single chambered cairn, and Camster Long, which incorporates two separate chambered cairns. During excavations of the cairns in the 19th century several human bodies were found.

This illustration was taken from 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Vol XII, Part I' (1876-77)

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Chambered Cairn at Camster, Caithness

CAITHNESS: Latheron

1870s

cairns; buildings; burial chambers; neolithic; construction; plans

Highland Libraries

Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (illustrations)

This illustration shows the cross section of a Chambered Cairn near Camster, Caithness. The chamber occupies the centre of the cairn. The walls around the chamber are built regularly but the roof is arched by overlapping stones. A retaining wall is built round the whole circumference of the cairn. A long narrow passage provides access to the chamber.<br /> <br /> The Grey Cairns of Camster are Camster Round, a single chambered cairn, and Camster Long, which incorporates two separate chambered cairns. During excavations of the cairns in the 19th century several human bodies were found.<br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Vol XII, Part I' (1876-77)