Region : Orkney Home
Island : Rousay Map
Town or village : Brinyan List
Grid Reference : HY 404 279 Glossary
Period : 2900-1900 BC Bibliography
Knowe of Yarso

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This stalled chamber was built within a sub-rectangular mound on a terrace above a steep slope, on the island of Rousay (Orkney). The external appearance and roof are modern protective additions. The chamber is 7.3m long and 1.7m wide.
A 4m long passage enters the chamber from the south-east. The chamber is divided into three compartments; the innermost one is twice the size of the others and is divided into two by low upright slabs.
The site was excavated in 1934. The bones of at least 29 adults were found, 17 represented only by skulls. Along with a large number of flint knives and scrapers, the remains of at least 36 red deer were found.
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