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.
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"All round the world there are ancient monuments aligned to astronomical events like the Callanish Stones and Maeshowe in Scotland.
Scotland already has six recognised Unesco sites -- the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, which includes ancient remains at Skara Brae and Maeshowe, the Antonine Wall, Edinburgh's Old Town and New Town, St Kilda, New Lanark and the Forth Bridge.
Stone Choral/Vocal Mezzo-soprano and orchestra; Litany: Runes Viking runic inscriptions on from a House of the walls of Maeshowe tomb, the Dead, op.
Green and smooth, Maeshowe, another Orkney cairn, rises enigmatically from the field where it has stood since around 2700 BC.
Part of the village is inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Heart of Neolithic Orkney, which includes the sites of Maeshowe, the Ring of Brodgar, and the Stones of Stenness.
"There is an amazing one in Orkney that I visited called Maeshowe, which has a burial chamber.
“It looks like an ancient American version of Maeshowe from the outside - the famous Neolithic burial mound in Orkney,” said Duncan.
* Maeshowe on the Orkney Islands north of Scotland - see www.macshowe.co.uk
Next day I turned back the clock a few millennia to find out about Orkney's Neolithic history, which includes the great henges of Brodgar and Stenness and the magnificent chambered tombs of Maeshowe.