Unstan Chambered Cairn

  • Mainland, Orkney



Explore a Neolithic round chambered cairn, known for its ‘Unstan Ware’ pottery. 

Unstan Chambered Cairn was probably built about 5,000 years ago as a communal burial place. It’s an unusual example of a stalled cairn, with internal divisions or stalls, and a single side cell.  

Excavations here uncovered a remarkable collection of pottery bowls, all of the same design. Similar bowls were subsequently found in several other Neolithic tombs in Orkney, and are known as Unstan Ware. 

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