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Cairn Of Get

The burial monument has been a feature of the landscape for over five thousand years.  In the centre is a chamber in which the dead of local communities were buried.  The original monument was a small round cairn with a central burial chamber.  The chamber was entered through a short low passage forcing the users to crawl in on their knees.  They first entered a small ante-chamber, defined by two pairs of large upright stones.  This feature is characteristic of chambered tombs in this part of Scotland.

The burial chamber would have been a much more impressive space when it was originally built.  The walls would have risen over 3m before being sealed by the large lintels forming the roof.  Unfortunately, by the time the tomb was excavated in the nineteenth century the roof had long since collapsed.  The rubble from this collapse, however, sealed the burials which had been laid in the chamber.  On the floor was a mass of burnt material including charcoal and fragments of human bone, which  would suggest that the chamber had been used for cremations.  Lying on top of this burnt layer were the unburnt remains of seven people accompanied by flint arrowheads, pots and animal bones.

Sometime after the original construction of the cairn it was enlarged and elaborated with the addition of projections or horns, forming forecourts on the north and south sides.  These forecourts were used for ceremonies, but sadly no evidence for the type of ceremony survives today.

Sunday 9 September 2001

Cairn of Get

Looking From Entrance