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Tomb of the Eagles, South Ronaldsay

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The Tomb of the Eagles, or Isbister Chambered Cairn, is a Neolithic chambered tomb located on a cliff edge at Isbister on South Ronaldsay in Orkney, Scotland. The site was discovered by Ronald Simison, a farmer, when digging flagstones in 1958; he conducted a limited excavation and removed some bones and skulls at that time but filled in the site with dirt. A more extensive excavation was started in 1976, and "an enormous amount of material was removed", according to a report published in 2002.
Alerted by Simison, archaeologist John Hedges mounted a full study, prepared a technical report and wrote a popular book that cemented the tomb's name. The Archaeological Journal review of the Hedges book (Tomb of the eagles a window on Stone Age tribal Britain) provided a less than stellar rating: "reasonably well done", "but how very much better it might have been".
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  • Permanently closed sign says it all. Quite a disappointment given the drive to get there Maybe had we looked it up somewhere we may have realised but we assumed our tourist map would be up to date... 
    Permanently closed sign says it all. Quite a disappointment given the drive to get there Maybe had we looked it up somewhere we may have realised but we assumed our tourist map would be up to date...  more »
  • So disappointed when we arrived to find the tomb closed because of the pandemic. As we were in a glorious part of Orkney we walked and watched the sea birds and seals. 
    So disappointed when we arrived to find the tomb closed because of the pandemic. As we were in a glorious part of Orkney we walked and watched the sea birds and seals.  more »
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  • Very interesting Historic site, but this is not an ideal day out with Kids (especially in October). There is a long walk from the Visitor centre to the Tomb itself, longer than the signs make you believe. The staff are very knowledgeable and engaging, and there are beautiful views in all directions.
  • If you know you like this kind of history then you won't regret coming along to see this amazing experience going back in time. The experience starts with a small talk on the tomb itself with a show case of a multitude of artefacts found within the tomb and the surrounding area like tools, jewellery and human remains. There is also a brief talk on a bronze age site that was also uncovered. After the talks you can then walk out to meet the sites in person. The bronze age site comes first with the tomb of eagles right down at the sea. I loved it....

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