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Maeshowe (or Maes Howe) is a Neolithic chambered cairn and passage grave situated on Mainland, Orkney, Scotland. The monuments around Maeshowe, including Skara Brae, were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. It gives its name to the Maeshowe type of chambered cairn, which is limited to Orkney. However, Maeshowe is very similar to the famous Newgrange tomb in Ireland, suggesting a linkage between the two cultures. Maeshowe is a magnificent example of Neolithic craftsmanship and is, in the words of the distinguished archaeologist Stuart Piggott: a superlative monument that by its originality of execution is lifted out of its class into a unique position.


 

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