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Trenabie Farm,standing stones, mound and bank 300m west of

A Scheduled Monument in North Isles, Orkney Islands

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Latitude: 59.3419 / 59°20'30"N

Longitude: -2.9806 / 2°58'50"W

OS Eastings: 344319

OS Northings: 1051031

OS Grid: HY443510

Mapcode National: GBR M401.F9X

Mapcode Global: XH8K8.HG55

Entry Name: Trenabie Farm,standing stones, mound and bank 300m W of

Scheduled Date: 26 March 1958

Last Amended: 31 October 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1388

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: standing stone

Location: Westray

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: North Isles

Traditional County: Orkney


The monument comprises an ill-defined low turf covered mound traversed by a modern stone dyke, an upright stone located immediately to the E (landward side) of the dyke and a second stone protrudinges from this low mound to the W (seaward) side of the dyke. To the north, east and south of the upright stone there are low linear features which may represent the remains of a rectangular enclosure. The monument, then defined as solely the larger upright stone, was first scheduled in 1958, but an inadequate area was included to protect all of the archaeological remains: the present rescheduling rectifies this.

The most prominent feature of the monument is an upright stone slab, measuring 0.76m high by 0.61m broad by 0.2m in thickness. A smaller slab protrudes from the turf on the seaward, W side of the dyke, about 1.9m away. Both stones are set into a low ill-defined linear mound, traversed by the modern dyke. To the north of this low mound is a well-defined linear bank running almost E-W. It is overlain by the modern dyke but its continuation seaward of the dyke is uncertain. Stones in the shore-edge erosion profile suggest that the bank did continue to the W of the dyke. At its E terminal, this low bank abuts a less clear linear feature, possibly a lynchet, that runs N-S. Taken together these two features appear to form the N and E margins of a square or rectangular enclosure. The S margin is defined by a third linear, but less well-defined, feature. Together these three components appear to form the N, W and S margins of an enclosure, centred on the upright stone. The enclosure measures approximately 10m N-S. Further interpretation of this monument is not possible without excavation, but it is reasonable to presume that in its current form it relates to and is associated with the known late prehistoric or early medieval settlement in the immediate area.

The area to be scheduled is four sided, measuring a maximum of 20m N-S by 20m transversely, to include both upright slabs and all visible features as marked in on the accompanying plan. The modern dyke is specifically excluded from scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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