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