Holm of Papa Westray South Chambered CairnYour model is disabled. For more details go to Edit properties3D Model
This Neolithic chambered cairn is situated on the Holm of Papa Westray, a small uninhabited island off Papa Westray, Orkney. The enormous drystone structure belongs to a classification of monuments known as the ‘Maeshowe Group’.
Its entrance passage leads to a long central chamber (divided by two cross-walls) from which radiate 12 side cells. The internal structure is encased within a large rectangular cairn.
The tomb was excavated in 1849 by Captain F. Thomas, who noted many examples of Neolithic art pecked into the interior stonework. There was no evidence for human burial, but this function can be inferred by analogy with other chambered cairns.
The chamber is now accessed via a hatch and ladder through the modern concrete roof, which was added in 1931.