eliza coulson


Lost at sea is a project about forgotten heritage. I began this project by exploring the heritage of Cairns and what they mean in the Highlands of Scotland; the definition of a cairn is a group of stones that have been stacked one on top of another to form a mound. The term is derived from the Scottish Gaelic word “carn”. Cairns in the modern-day sense are a pile of stone built by mountaineers to mark certain points on a trail they can refer back to if they get lost. However, in Highland folklore they were used for many spiritual and ceremonial reasons, to connect to the spirt world, to commemorate death and also to mark the summer and winter solstice.
These stones were at the heart of communities, through spiritual connection with the land and through honouring the land. This project is still a work in progress, I wish to look further into other ways Highland folk historically explored spirituality within the land to better understand how we too can have this higher respect to create a sense of unison and community.

Cuiridh mi clach air do charn,
"I'll put a stone on your cairn".