Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Both the upper and lower chambers were accessed independently. The lower chamber had an entrance passage leading from the south side of the cairn. The chamber is subdivided into 4 parts by stone slabs. Each of these 4 compartments had its own set of stone shelves built into the walls. A crouched skeleton was found on one of the shelves, and 2 other skeletons in the chamber. In addition, there were 3 pies of cremated bones in the blocked entrance passage. Quite how many people these cremated ashes represented is unknown.
As for the upper chamber, this was originally entered by way of a passage from the north, that is, in roughly the opposite direction from the entrance passage to the lower chamber. Within this chamber were the cremated bones of one adult and one child.
The smallest, or miniature tomb chamber, was divided into 4 compartments and is slightly pear-shaped. Remains of three pottery vessels were discovered inside this chamber, but no apparent skeletal remains.
I loved Taversoe Tuick; it gives a whole new meaning to 'upstairs, downstairs!' The upper chamber is interesting, but being able to descend the metal ladder to the lower chamber felt like going down into the depths of the earth, though the ladder is not high at all! It gave the sense of climbing down through the centuries.
In the lower chamber you can easily see the shelves built into the walls of the small compartments.
The location of Taversoe Tuick is superb, with views across to Orkney Mainland and down to the ferry terminal. I mention that last point because Taversoe Tuick was our final stop on a wonderful day-trip to explore ancient sites on Rousay, and we could see from the cairn when we had to make a desperate dash to catch the ferry back to Orkney Mainland!
About Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn
Address: Brinian, Rousay, Orkney, Orkney, Scotland
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Website: Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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