Neolithic chambered cairn,  Vinquoy Hill, Eday, Orkney

Pencil on polyester film, 1985
Survey by RCAHMS

Vinquoy Hill on the island of Eday, Orkney is an almost-complete Neolithic chambered cairn.  It consists of a long, low entrance passage leading to a large central chamber off which are four smaller side compartments.

One of the roles of RCAHMS is to make an accurate record of such monuments. Detailed measurements of each stone and feature were recorded and the drawing prepared on site.

The draughtsman remembers the challenging working conditions at Vinquoy: it was only possible to stand upright in the central chamber, water had to be baled out from the compartments each morning, and there was always a thick cloud of midges!