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|Description ||Long Chambered Tomb
RCAHMS NMRS no. HY31NW 51 the wasted remains of of which would, if it only has one stalled chamber, be the largest recorded in Orkney at 67m long by a maximum of 27m at the SE end. CANMAP shows it but not the O.S. T'other side o't' road from the standing stone a tumulus is shown alone in a field on the O.S., and the cairn is along the western edge of the field behind that about the 30m contour line. It is horned and may have a concave facade (the latter is unrecorded for Orkney ).
Even CANMAP is ever so slightly misleading, for the fence that was my guide is actually smack opposite the Grimeston signpost on the Stoneyhill road below the Staney Hill standing stone. The two tumuli in the first field (Feolquoy barrows HY3174155) do have a few nice stones on the surface. There is a tumulus in the field opposite the one behind them (probable barrow Feolquoy mound HY317157). Only I didn't notice it because my attention was taken by the immense stones in the field I passed through. Felt as if they were all over the field, like the fallen remains of a giant castle. Some kind of rocky outcrop I guess. And on the surface loose foot-deep slabs left over from the giant's dominoes. Surely at some stage nature here has been added to by man. One of the slabs someone may have thought to remove as it has a smooth-bored hole about an inch diameter that has to be fairly modern.
Unfortunately I was unable actually to go into the field with the tomb as both sides of the fence are heavily guarded with electricity. Actually if I'd had time and courage there was a spot some way down the hill that I could have snuck through. Several decent areas of stonework revealed. This tomb is an heck of a big 'un and it actually goes through into the next-door field - the NGR is in the field at right.
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