Mine Howe

Mine Howe, Orkney, Orkney Islands

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  • Mine Howe is a prehistoric subterranean man-made chamber dug 20 feet deep inside a large mound. It is not sure when it was built, some believe it to have been built roughly 2000 years ago during the Iron Age. Some researchers think that it could be as old as 5000 years, which would place it in the Neolithic period. There is some similarity to the well inside the Iron Age Broch of Gurness.

    The entrance is at the top of the small hill and there are indications of other Iron Age and earlier activity around the site. A flight of stone steps descend to a half-landing where they turn back on themselves and a further steps descend to a chamber. This chamber is only about 1.3 metres in diameter but is over four metres high with a corbelled roof. At the half-landing two subsidiary chambers/passages open out, one above the other.

  • Mine Howe 7-day Weather Forecast

    Light rain throughout the week, with temperatures falling to 13°C on Saturday.

    Today's Forecast
     Mostly cloudy overnight.
     
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    18
       20%  31%   23 mph
      7:01 am    7:07 pm
    Monday, Sep 25th
     Overcast throughout the day.
     
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    15
       20%  94%   21 mph
      7:04 am    7:04 pm

    Tuesday, Sep 26th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
     
    12
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    15
       5%  65%   22 mph
      7:06 am    7:01 pm
    Wednesday, Sep 27th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
     
    12
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    15
       10%  72%   26 mph
      7:08 am    6:58 pm

    Thursday, Sep 28th
     Light rain in the morning.
     
    12
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    15
       41%  92%   25 mph
      7:10 am    6:55 pm
    Friday, Sep 29th
     Light rain in the morning and evening.
     
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    15
       29%  100%   21 mph
      7:12 am    6:52 pm

    Saturday, Sep 30th
     Light rain until evening, starting again overnight.
     
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    13
       27%  99%   9 mph
      7:15 am    6:49 pm
    Sunday, Oct 1st
     Light rain throughout the day and windy in the morning.
     
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    15
       69%  81%   30 mph
      7:17 am    6:47 pm

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