Landscapes of the living, landscapes of the dead: the location of chambered cairns of northern Scotland
Phillips' dissertation locates the Neolithic cairns and chambers of the three most northern counties of mainland Scotland (Ross, Sutherland and Caithness) in order to investigate the place and role of these monuments within such a forbidding landscape and to examine what they reveal about the Neolithic view of the world. An extensive gazetteer of sites, supported throughout by plans and maps, follows a discussion of the type, chronology, location and grouping of monuments.
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The Firthlands view up the Dornoch Firth Sue Seright
The Straths view down the Kyle of Durness Sue Seright
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astronomical associations backdrop location Beinn Freiceadain bipartite Black Isle bones brochs caim caim is located cair cairns are located Caithness Cal BC Camster Capability Bibby 1982 chamber is orientated chambered cairns Clava Cairns Cnoc Freiceadain coastal plain Davidson & Henshall Dornoch Firth east eastern edge excavated Firthlands Flow Country forestry glacial mounds ground rising Henshall & Ritchie horizon Houstry ibid Kilcoy Kinbrace Land Capability Bibby landscape layer less prominent Location Land Type location types Loch Assynt Loch Calder Loch Watten long caim long cairns Maeshowe metres monuments Neolithic northeast northwest Open Woodland Orientations and Alignments Orkney outcrop pattern proximal mound ridge River round cairns seen as crested seen with ground significant difference Skelpick slabs slope Sordale Hill southeast southern southwest spur Stemster Strath of Kildonan Strathnaver summit Sutherland TABLE terrace topography typology uncertain valley side views visible Wick River Yarrows Yarrows basin