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Mill Hill, chambered cairn, Millbounds

A Scheduled Monument in North Isles, Orkney Islands

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Latitude: 59.2027 / 59°12'9"N

Longitude: -2.7589 / 2°45'32"W

OS Eastings: 356752

OS Northings: 1035365

OS Grid: HY567353

Mapcode National: GBR M4KD.SYP

Mapcode Global: XH8KY.DY3D

Entry Name: Mill Hill, chambered cairn, Millbounds

Scheduled Date: 31 October 1936

Last Amended: 19 August 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1321

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Eday

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: North Isles

Traditional County: Orkney


The monument comprises a well-preserved chambered burial cairn of Neolithic date.

The cairn is set on a hilltop, and is largely heather-clad. It stands 1.6m high and measures 19m across. On the E side there has been a horned forecourt, although all but the foundations of the walls of the horns have been removed. The interior was opened in the 1850s, and is known to contain at least 4 chambers, but probably contains considerable quantities of undisturbed deposits.

The area to be scheduled is a circle of 40m diameter, to include the cairn, its horns and an area around in which evidence of the cairn's construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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