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Culsetter,house 100m WSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland North, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.3902 / 60°23'24"N

Longitude: -1.3961 / 1°23'45"W

OS Eastings: 433389

OS Northings: 1167516

OS Grid: HU333675

Mapcode National: GBR Q1X8.M0K

Mapcode Global: XHD24.730K

Entry Name: Culsetter,house 100m WSW of

Scheduled Date: 20 August 1974

Last Amended: 23 February 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3481

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Delting

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland North

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument consists of the foundations of a prehistoric house, set on a small knoll to the E of the N end of Bays Water.

The house is represented by a hollow oval mound of stones, some 12m by 10m overall. A few larger stones mark the outer edge of the foundation and indicate the line of the entrance, which has been from the SW. Around the house are a few small cairns, probably representing field clearance.

The area to be scheduled is an irregular oval, taking in the top of the knoll, to include the house, the cairns and an area around them, which may contain evidence related to the construction and use of the house, as indicated in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a good example of a prehistoric house. The ground surface within and below the house foundation is likely to contain evidence concerning the construction and use of such houses and, more generally, the late Neolithic/early Bronze Age farming economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the monument as HU36NW 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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