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Papa Stronsay, burnt mound 500m east of Mill

A Scheduled Monument in North Isles, Orkney Islands

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Latitude: 59.1504 / 59°9'1"N

Longitude: -2.583 / 2°34'58"W

OS Eastings: 366749

OS Northings: 1029440

OS Grid: HY667294

Mapcode National: GBR M4ZK.3DC

Mapcode Global: WH8CP.987J

Entry Name: Papa Stronsay, burnt mound 500m E of Mill

Scheduled Date: 6 December 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM9288

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: burnt mound

Location: Stronsay

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: North Isles

Traditional County: Orkney


The monument comprises a large burnt mound, described by the RCAHMS as 'Easthouse Knowe'. It is situated in boggy ground on the W wide of Mill Loch.

The mound measures about 17m across and stands to about 2m in height. Burnt stone was visible in 1970.

The area to be scheduled is semi-circular on plan and measures 40m in diameter at is widest point, to include the mound and an area around in which associated remains may survive, as marked in red on the attached map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a large and well-preserved burnt mound which has the potential to provide information about prehistoric economic and social practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HY 62 NE 11.


Marwick, H. (1927) 'Antiquarian notes on Stronsay', Proc Orkney Archaeol Soc, vol. 5, 62.

RCAHMS (1946) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Twelfth report with an inventory of the ancient monuments of Orkney and Shetland, 3v, Edinburgh, 336, No. 996.

RCAHMS (1984) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of Eday and Stronsay, Orkney Islands Area, The archaeological sites and monuments of Scotland series no 23, Edinburgh, 38. No. 225.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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