- Sep 29, 2009
Maes Howe is not 'fake', but a substantial reconstruction. Just as well it's off the main tourist drag, else it may have fared as Newgrange.Repeat question.
There is a similar archelogical find in the Orkney islands with mid-Summer solstice as the time when the sun is lined up.
Is that 'fake' too?
The 1861 excavation was as brutal as any thing done in that era. It involved 'decapitating' the mound and removing the earth-fill that way. What we see today is heavily reshaped from what existed then.
Continuing studies of the Orcadian sites still turn up unexpected alignments. Alexander Thom was into such things, and involved himself in all sorts of astronomical speculation.
There seems to be evidence that the Vikings who used the chamber also did a bit of reconstruction.
There are at least half-a-dozen other chambered tombs in the Orkneys.