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Newsletter #11 - 25th April 2021

Hi All!


I'm really sorry to admit that none of us have been focusing on 'The Silent Tombs' this week, as we are still right in the middle of our exciting development; so we aren't leaving readers high and dry, I will tease that we are working with a large company in Europe to secure funding for Primordial, so we can set up an office and staff salaries!


It's hugely exciting, but in order to fully organise this transition to a fully functioning studio there is a huge amount of work to get done, and everyone at Primordial is pitching in. We are really excited to announce everything in a more official capacity next month, but for now, wish us luck!


Today we're looking at another circular cairn near Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire (northern Scotland) named Memsie Cairn.



Believed to have been constructed around 1700BC, Memsie Cairn is the last surviving cairn in the area; at least two other cairns and other small monuments were documented to have existed in 1723. One of the lost cairns was fully excavated in 1790, where bones, flint tools and a flint 'dart-head' were found. In the other, excavated in 1827 there were urns containing remains. (Again, this is Canmore.org, it's such a treasure trove for info on these sites!)


There were also pots and a beaker that are believed to be medieval in origin found in Memsie Cairn, along with a sword with an iron handle and a brass hilt, kept in a wooden scabbard; this suggests that, while the cairns themselves are 3700 years old they may have been reused as a burial place, whether official or not, within the cairn (but this is a personal theory, not anything found online.)



The original cairn was documented to have been 100 yards in circumference (91 meters) and 40ft high (12 meters), however both lost cairns and much of Memsie Cairn were plundered for building materials (pretty common around 18thC Scotland, the Brandsbutt Symbol stone was discovered propping up a building). By 1845 the Memsie Cairn was only 60ft in circumference and 15ft high (18m x 4.6m); however, by 1963 it was under guardianship and nowadays it is under the protection of Historic Environment Scotland.


(This is an example of a bronze age leaf-shaped sword, not one from Memsie)


I'm looking forward to giving everyone more information on our progress, and hopefully even share some pics or our new office soon! Thanks a lot for reading!


Vaughan


REFS:

http://www.saintsandstones.net/stones-memsie-journey.htm

https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/memsie-cairn/history/

https://canmore.org.uk/site/20804/cairns-of-memsie

https://canmore.org.uk/site/20809/memsie

https://www.britainexpress.com/attractions.htm?attraction=752

https://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=109

https://museum.wales/collections/online/object/e085ca1d-ee7d-36bc-9487-37d81b5863d7/Late-Bronze-Age-leaf-shaped-sword/ (source for the sword pic)

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