The Grey Cairns of Camster

The Grey Cairns of Camster, watercolour, 16 x 26 cm

The ancient historical sites in Caithness tend to be overshadowed by the more famous places in Orkney, but many of them are just as interesting and important. One of them is found at the Grey Cairns of Camster, a group of 5,000 year old Neolithic Chambered Cairns. These were used as burial places in the Stone Age, and consist of skilfully constructed stone chambers with long, narrow entrance passages. The surrounding area now is wet moorland and commercial forestry, but in Neolithic times it was fertile farmland and must have supported a large community. The cairns at Camster have been excavated and restored, and are open to the public.

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Bruce Sherman said…
Nice to find you posting again Keith... with your articulate coverage of historical references related to the visual beauty of the wild landscapes that you prefer.

I enjoyed the history lesson and your always sure touch of the brush to white paper! Look forward to the next trek afield!

Good summer Painting!
Warmest regards,

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