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Via Barrow

Round Barrow(s)

Nearest Town:Stromness (7km S)
OS Ref (GB):   HY258161 / Sheet: 6
Latitude:59° 1' 32.58" N
Longitude:   3° 17' 33.53" W

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Approaching Via from Brodgar today I noticed just before the Via B&B a large chunk of stone with a reddish cast in parts. Over the way is what used to be a fair size quarry so it might be simply one that got away. Then on my way back I took another look at the dip that it was in, and seeing the rise against Via thought "ha-ha, settlement mound". Looked it up on Canmore and found that in the 19th century a cist (since gone) was found in this barrow. So where that 'boulder' lies is perhaps the scar of excavation. wideford Posted by wideford
18th July 2004ce
Edited 3rd May 2005ce

Folklore

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According to local tradition mortal remains from the Stones of Via were re-interred here. wideford Posted by wideford
3rd May 2005ce

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RCAHMS NMRS record no. HY21NE 2 at HY25841609 is a tumulus that lies between the road and Via, it being 30m N of the house of Via. A 2'x1'x1' cist excavated around 1860 was still visible two decades later. Further excavation in 1879 produced nothing of note that has been related. A large depression in the centre is now filled by rubbish, and at the western end what now looks like a cist merely shows where a wireless aerial used to be. Pre-war another cist, 0.7x0.4m, was found nearby at HY25841610 but had nothing within. wideford Posted by wideford
3rd May 2005ce