Excavation of Bookan chambered cairn, Sandwick, Orkney

Nick Card (Author)

D Alldritt (Contributor)

A Clark (Contributor)

J Duncan (Contributor)

A MacSween (Contributor)

J Miller (Contributor)

S Ramsay (Contributor)

C R Wickham-Jones (Contributor)

Platform, Cairn
June 2002, 1861


Excavation at the chambered cairn of Bookan, Sandwick, Orkney, in June 2002 revealed that the cairn excavated by James Farrer in 1861, and later described and planned by George Petrie and Henry Dryden, was only the primary phase in the history of the site. After the site had fallen into disrepair or been deliberately slighted, the original cairn, c. 7m in diameter, was incorporated in a stepped cairn or platform, c. 16m in diameter, bounded by three concentric revetments. The role of Bookan as the type-site for a variety of early style of chambered cairn is reconsidered, along with the `monumentalization' of the site in an Orcadian context. Separately authored contributions include


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Card, N., Alldritt, D., Clark, A., Duncan, J., MacSween, A., Miller, J., Ramsay, S., & Wickham-Jones, C. R. (2006). Excavation of Bookan chambered cairn, Sandwick, Orkney. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 135, 163-190. https://doi.org/10.9750/PSAS.135.163.190

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