Region : Highlands Home
District : Caithness Map
Town or village : Lybster List
Grid Reference : ND 260 442 Glossary
Period : 4th-3rd millennium BC Bibliography
Camster Long Cairn

Camster Long image

Along with the nearby Camster Round, this monument is the best preserved chambered cairn in mainland Scotland.
It stretches along a prominent skyline position and is 59.5m in length and 20m in breadth. The long cairn was constructed to incorporate two separate chambered tombs, each with its own round cairn. Both chambers are accessible from the east, along narrow passages. The northernmost chamber is polygonal, the other one is divided into three compartments by vertical stone slabs.
Two horned forecourts were added one at each end of the cairn. The larger north-east one was probably the focus for ceremonies commemorating the dead.
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