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The stalled chambered cairn of Mid Howe on Rousay, Orkney, was used for communal burial in the Neolithic. It is an impressive example of a type of drystone monument known as an ‘Orkney-Cromarty’ cairn.
Its entrance passage leads to a long central chamber, divided by pairs of upright stone slabs into 12 ‘stalls’ or compartments, some of which have low stone shelves on one side.
It was excavated in 1932-3 by Callander and Grant, who found the remains of at least 25 human skeletons, plus stone tools, pottery, and animal bone.
In the mid-1930s it was enclosed by a protective stone-built hangar, which allows the whole cairn to be appreciated, including the outer layer of decorative stonework which has been arranged in a herringbone pattern.