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Muckle Heog,two chambered cairns,Baltasound

A Scheduled Monument in North Isles, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.7757 / 60°46'32"N

Longitude: -0.8441 / 0°50'38"W

OS Eastings: 463055

OS Northings: 1210859

OS Grid: HP630108

Mapcode National: GBR S088.1T1

Mapcode Global: XHF75.FFW0

Entry Name: Muckle Heog,two chambered cairns,Baltasound

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1976

Last Amended: 29 February 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3895

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Unst

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: North Isles

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument comprises two prehistoric burial cairns, one on the summit of Muckle Heog and one some 100m to the WNW.

The remains of the cairn on the summit are about 20m across, and have been rather disturbed. Two large ruined chambers and traces of a facade or other straight structural wall can be ascertained, but little more. The cairn to the WNW is crossed by a drystone dyke, which is doubtless made of material removed from the cairn. It is of heel-shaped plan and still stands up to 1m high. As well as the primary burial chamber, revealed in excavations in 1865, there appear to be three subsidiary cists.

The area to be scheduled is in two circular parts, each 30m across and centred on each cairn. The one to the WNW extends 5m N of the drystone dyke's centre line, but does not include the structure of the dyke itself. The area to be scheduled is marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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