Maeshowe is a chambered cairn, part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney in Scotland and is a World Hertigate Site. The Standing Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae are found nearby.
No other discovered chambered cairn is similar to Maeshowe which is a set of chambers and complex passageway. During the winter solstice the rear wall of the central chamber is illiminated.
The runes found on some of the stones within Maeshowe were left by 12th centuary Vikings who looted the cairn. Further damage was done to the chambers in 1861 by early archaelogists who broke through the roof, discarding the stone.
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Do you think more should be done to protect these sites in Orkney or should we do more to investigate them even if this means more careful digging and examination?