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 Weather Forecast

    Light rain throughout the week, with temperatures peaking at 16°C on Friday.

    Today's Forecast
     Light rain starting in the evening.
     
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       71%  41%   14 mph
      4:27 am    9:51 pm
    Tuesday, May 23rd
     Partly cloudy until afternoon.
     
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       71%  40%   15 mph
      4:26 am    9:53 pm

    Wednesday, May 24th
     Light rain until afternoon.
     
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       54%  95%   12 mph
      4:24 am    9:55 pm
    Thursday, May 25th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
     
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       6%  83%   8 mph
      4:22 am    9:57 pm

    Friday, May 26th
     Partly cloudy in the morning.
     
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       2%  35%   11 mph
      4:20 am    9:59 pm
    Saturday, May 27th
     Partly cloudy in the morning.
     
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       3%  40%   15 mph
      4:19 am    10:00 pm

    Sunday, May 28th
     Light rain until afternoon and windy starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.
     
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       65%  71%   15 mph
      4:17 am    10:02 pm
    Monday, May 29th
     Light rain until afternoon.
     
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       51%  73%   14 mph
      4:15 am    10:04 pm

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