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Cairns
Managed By: Icon Here Cairn Seekers
Description:
Cairns are purposly placed significant mounds of rocks placed as locations of memorial, spiritual protection or for prayer.

They are generally built loose without mortar, but are on occasion reinforced in modern years to aid their survival.

Modern cairns are erected as memorials & prayer markers for loved ones lost, these of course have a place here.

Small casual groupings of stones placed by travelers will not be considered, cairns must be significant and set to stand the test of time
Expanded Description:

A cairn is a permanent significant (either cultural or social) construction of rocks that were placed by humans as a significant monument.

They are placed for a number of reasons such as; Battle sites, Death Memorial, Burials, Battle Memorials, Hill/Mountain top marker, Start/End/Major markers of trails and Navigational points. Although please note all stone monuments are cairns. In fact, most of them with plaques on them are not cairns. Multiple cairns placed in close proximity and identified with a single site or location should be a single waymark, multiple pictures are recommended to show the full site.

They can be described in three general groups:-

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1. Ancient: Cairns that has been erected in prehistory, bronze or the neolithic era as a memorial or some kind. The intention of these are generally, but not always, lost in time and can in some cases be entirely covered in soil and grass. These can be found by looking on national maps such as the Ordinance Survey maps to confirm their status.


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2. Religious/Spiritual: Cairns that are built on religious ground as prayer markers for a single person or multiple people. Often prayer stones are brought along to enhance the monument and leave a prayer or a marker for a loved one or ones. Also some cairns are placed to ward away evil spirits at the edges of settlements.


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3. Trail or Summit Marker: Cairns that are placed as markers along paths for walking, cycling and horse riding. In this case the marker must still be significant in stature.


NOT ACCEPTED: Not all things made of stone are cairns. A monument that is made of stone and concrete, especially if the primary purpose is to mount a plaque or other memorial, is probably NOT a cairn.

Instructions for Posting a Cairns Waymark:

Location:
Accurate GPSr coordinates obtained by a personal visit to the site. Location determined from the base of the cairn, or as near as is practical. If not a suitable viewpoint if the area is restricted in some way will suffice. Please clarify in the listing if the coordinates are indeed some distance away and why.


Two Pictures (plus additional as an option):
1:- Picture of the Cairn in its entirety,
2:- Picture of the Cairn with respect to it environment. For example if it is on a mountain top, please include it with its view, if it is outside a place of worship please take a picture with both the cairn and the building in one image to give the feel of its surroundings.
3:- If and only if, there is a plaque or a sign referring to the Cairn PLEASE include it along with any history in the long description.


Waymark Name:
Please use the convention of:- Cairn, Place, Region, Country.
So for example; Cairn, Summit of Mount Doom, Moria, Middle Earth.


Short Description:
Summary of location and type. For example;
Prayer Cairn on the summit of Mount Doom in middle earth.


Long Description:
Minimum of a sentence or two stating the particular significance of the cairn, its location and a suggestion towards its significance if this is known.
If there is a plaque on site or an information sign please try an include a picture of it and some of the history it mentions in the description.


Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
An original image picture of the cairn captured at the coordinates given by yourself.
At least one sentence to describe your impression of the Cairn, or your reason for visiting if it is more than just waymarking.
Category Settings:
  • Waymarks can be added to this category
  • New waymarks of this category are reviewed by the category group prior to being published
  • Category is visible in the directory
Variables:
  • Cairn Location
  • Cairn Purpose
  • Type if different from above list
  • Types of rock
  • Cairn Condition
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