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Cairn Holy…

Dumfries and Galloway, Friday, 28th October, 2022…

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Càrn na h-ulaidhe – ‘cairn-of-the-stone-tomb’.

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This site had proved illusive for a number of years.

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In Twenty-Nineteen it had been an option

both on the way to and from, Callanish.

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And was a scheduled visit for April,

Twenty-Twenty-One.

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Could we but hazard the reasons

for not then, rather now?

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It would be useful!

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But without the Northern Ireland trip

we may well have been much more perplexed.

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What the authorities are calling

a ‘Clyde-type chambered tomb’

turns out to be an ‘Irish court-cairn’.

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Albeit using much thinner,

taller stones.

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Which would inevitably result

in a much larger mound.

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The ubiquitous hill on the horizon

was not too difficult to locate.

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When still intact

would the mound

have shadowed the hill?

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They usually do.

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The aperture into the mound

is as slender as the stones.

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More shadowing?

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As a defence though it proved ineffective

against the grave robbers…

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For some reason, ‘much-robbed’ recalls

‘Bombed-about-a-bit’ from the prologue

to, The Third Man, a classic film noir of the Nineteen-Fifties.

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Which may mean we need to consider

the aperture between facade and interior.

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Accurate technical drawings on site

are always welcome.

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Speculative propaganda,

not so much…

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I mean, really, what

is supposed to be going on here?

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