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Seascapes and landscapes in Orkney and northern Scotland

Phillips, T. (2003) Seascapes and landscapes in Orkney and northern Scotland. World Archaeology, 35 (3). pp. 371-384. ISSN 0043-8243

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Much of what has been written and researched about the chambered cairns of Orkney and northern mainland Scotland has concentrated on constructing complex monument typologies. This paper investigates the monuments' locations with specific reference to the sea, especially their visibility. Indeed, in relation to location and visibility, it is the outer form of the monuments that makes the greatest perceptual impact. A complex typology of monument forms is abandoned in favour of two basic and distinct types: round and elongated cairns. The cairns in both areas are sited in similar topographical locations. In Orkney many were located to be visible from the sea, in mainland northern Scotland they were sited to be visible from the likely areas of settlement.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science
ID Code:3974
Uncontrolled Keywords:chambered cairns neolithic northern Scotland Orkney sea levels
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