Maes Howe (the recent, but incorrect spelling of Maeshowe
)is a stone-age
burial mound in Orkney
. As well as being a fascinating construction aligned in such a way that the Sun shines down the entrance hall at the time of the Winter Solstice
, it is remarkable for the Viking grafitti
left by raiders in the 12th century.
Exactly the same sort of thing you might expect to be left on a wall today - including comments like "Ofram the son of Sigurd carved these runes" and descriptions of certain ladies: Ingebjork and Ingegerth.