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main image Burial cairn, Balnuaran of Clava, Clava,
These cairns, each with a surounding ring of stones, date from the later third millenium BC. Two of the three have passageways whilst the central one – a ring cairn – has not.

The cairns are unique in having low stone platforms around them and cobbled areas linking the ring cairn to some of the standing stones. The entrance to the north-east and south-west cairns alligns to the midwinter sunset.

The chamber of the south-west cairn was explored in the late 1820s. The central cairn was excavated in 1857 and the north-eastern one in 1858. The site gives its name to a class of cairns found here and elsewhere in Scotland.

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