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Ramni Geo, chambered cairn south west of, Holm of Papa Westray

A Scheduled Monument in North Isles, Orkney Islands

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Latitude: 59.3502 / 59°21'0"N

Longitude: -2.8686 / 2°52'6"W

OS Eastings: 350704

OS Northings: 1051858

OS Grid: HY507518

Mapcode National: GBR M480.QMF

Mapcode Global: XH8K9.Y7JV

Entry Name: Ramni Geo, chambered cairn SW of, Holm of Papa Westray

Scheduled Date: 16 July 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6424

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Papa Westray

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: North Isles

Traditional County: Orkney


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric chambered burial cairn.

The cairn, which is also called Holm of Papa Westray Centre, survives as a mound some 12m across and 0.6m high. Traces of an outer kerb or revetment wall can be seen around the edge, especialy on the SW side. The stumps of three upright slabs protrude through the top of the mound, their position suggesting that they represent chamber dividers within a stalled cairn arrangement. There are no records of recent excavation.

The area to be scheduled is a circle 35m across, to include the cairn and an area around it in which evidence relating to its construction and use may survive, as indicated in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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