(Rethie Taing, Ruthie Taing)
|Type:||Suggested to be Maeshowe-type. See geophysics note below.|
|Notes:||Although all records refer to this site as “Rethie Taing” the correct name for the headland is “Ruthie Taing” or “Ruthietaing”.|
To the north-east of the taing (Old Norse tangi – “tongue of land”) are the ruinous remains of a large mound, partially destroyed by coastal erosion. A shore dyke runs over the top.
In 1979, county archaeologist Raymond Lamb had no doubt it was a Maeshowe-type cairn, at least 26m in diameter, with a section of a possible entrance passage visible on the western side and aligned ESE-WNW.
Davidson & Henshall urged caution in interpreting very damaged sites such as Ruthietaing and did not include it in their inventory of Orcadian chambered cairns. 
Nearby placenames suggest the mound may have been one of a number that have since been lost.
The cairn sits in an area known as the Has o’ Meur, the first element of which may be a corruption of “Howes” – mounds. The adjacent field, Patie’s Hoose may also represent a corruption of the plural “Howes”. The placenames Yarrows and Knowes of Yarrows also suggest landscape mounds. 
Update: November 2022
Magnetometer survey indicates the mound in unlikely to be a Neolithic chambered cairn.
The results revealed the likely presence of a substantial prehistoric settlement on and extending beyond the mound. In both their scale and form, the geophysical responses suggest that the site is a prehistoric settlement, most probably an Iron Age broch or substantial roundhouse.
The anomalies show concentric walls/ramparts and ditch elements and bear a strong resemblance to survey of other later prehistoric settlements elsewhere in Orkney.
|Links:||Geophysical survey. November 2022|
|References:|| Davidson, J. L. & Henshall, A. S. (1989). The Chambered Cairns of Orkney. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.|
 Lamb, G. (1992) Naggles o Piapittem. Byrgisey.