Nether Largie South was one of the first monuments in the Kilmartin glen, ancient, holy and mysterious. A sacred place built 5500 years ago. The tomb was a mass grave for the farmers that lived and died here.
About a thousand years later the tomb was used again for more burials.
This time pots and arrowheads were buried with the bodies.
Later still, during the Bronze Age, the grave was remodeled and converted into a circular cairn.
In the minds of the people living in the glen, this was a sacred spot and had been for generations. A truly special place right within the farming communities, in the middle of the fields.
Ox bones were also found within the grave, a sign that some men were buried with their worldly possessions.
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Scotland is a country full of history, stories and secrets. Often, the three cannot be separated. That is what makes this country so wonderful and unique. The stories of this book have been discovered and gathered for Erkenbach’s blog, Graveyards of Scotland, over many years.
Her main sources were historical travel guides from the 18th and 19th centuries, where the finds were scary, beautiful, funny, and sometimes, cruel.This unusual approach to a country’s history has produced amazing results. You don’t have to share the author’s passion for cemeteries to enjoy this book; only a small number of the stories in this collection take place in graveyards, though they do all end in them, so perhaps it helps.
The fairy hill in Inverness, a nitrate murder on Shetland, a family of left-handers, wolves, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace shown in a new light, the secret bay of the writer Gavin Maxwell, a murdering poet and so many things you didn’t know about Scotland, its clans and its history.