Cham­bered Cairns

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4000 BCE

con­structed dur­ing the Ne­olithic era, cham­bered cairns were burial mon­u­ments that com­prised a cham­ber cov­ered by a hu­man-made stack of stones (or cairns, as they are known). there are large num­bers of them in scot­land as well as oth­ers through­out the uk and ire­land. sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als would be buried within each one, and some of them would be in a crouched po­si­tion. they would be al­lowed to de­com­pose and then be re­ar­ranged. Given that they were lo­cated close to set­tle­ments, they would have been the burial place for a com­mu­nity.

This typical ex­am­ple of a cham­bered cairn is lo­cated close to New­ton Ste­wart in Dum­fries and Gal­loway, Scot­land

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