Maeshowe

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Maeshowe

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Maes Howe

(mās`hou), prehistoric monument, on Mainland in the Orkney Islands, off N Scotland, near Stenness (see Stenness, Loch ofStenness, Loch of
, lake on Mainland island, in the Orkneys, off N Scotland. A headland between Harray and Stenness lochs holds the Standings Stones of Stenness, a ring of flat slabs surrounded by a ditch and bank (henge); it dates from before c.2500 B.C.
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). A passage grave with a corbeled vault, it measures 115 ft (35 m) in diameter and 23 ft (7 m) high. It dates to the early 3d millennium B.C. A runic inscription on the wall records a 12th-century Viking visit.