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Burn of Mussetter,standing stone on east side of

A Scheduled Monument in North Isles, Orkney Islands

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Latitude: 59.1811 / 59°10'52"N

Longitude: -2.7775 / 2°46'39"W

OS Eastings: 355662

OS Northings: 1032972

OS Grid: HY556329

Mapcode National: GBR M4HG.JBR

Mapcode Global: WH7B8.9HMJ

Entry Name: Burn of Mussetter,standing stone on E side of

Scheduled Date: 10 October 1936

Last Amended: 9 November 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1356

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: standing stone

Location: Eday

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: North Isles

Traditional County: Orkney


The monument consists of a tall standing stone, probably of Bronze Age date, now leaning to one side.

The stone is of local sandstone, and measures 3.2m long. It leans to the NE. It is locally reported that the stone was knocked down, and then replaced in its original socket, in the early years of the present century.

The area to be scheduled is circular, 10m in diameter, centred on the foot of the stone, to include the stone, its packing, and an area around in which evidence relating to its erection and re-erection may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national Importance as part of a large group of prehistoric monuments surviving on the moorland of Eday, which is one of the few areas of Orkney where extensive sub-peat archaeological remains have survived. It contributes to the potential of this group of monuments to provide information about Neolithic and Bronze Age land-use and social organisation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as HY 53 SE 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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