Historic Scotland

Opening times

Open year-round.

 

Overview

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.