Cuween Hill
Finstown, Orkney Islands
Chambered Cairn Canmore
Also known as Fairy Knowe

Looking east from the eastern slope of Cuween Hill is a chambered tomb, sometimes known as the Fairy Knowe.

When the tomb was excavated in 1901, by M.M.Charleson, seven human skulls and twenty-four dog skulls were found within the main chamber and the side chambers. There has been some speculation that the dog was a tribal totem (as with red deer at Holm of Papa Westray North and eagles at Isbister).

Images ©1995, 1998 Martin McCarthy, Theasis Photography

Nearby Sites

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4km Maeshowe Chambered Cairn
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5km Stones of Stenness Stone Circle
5km Watch Stone Standing Stone
6km Ring of Brodgar Stone Circle
8km Orphir Round Church Church
8km Ring of Bookan Chambered Cairn; Henge
8km St Magnus Cathedral Cathedral
8km Unstan Chambered Cairn Chambered Cairn
14km Gurness Broch
14km Skara Brae Neolithic Village Neolithic Settlement
(NB: All distances are as-the-crow-flies. Lochs, mountains and beautiful winding roads will make it further. Sometimes much further.)