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Links of Quendale, burnt mound 660m WNW of summit of Ward Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland South, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 59.899 / 59°53'56"N

Longitude: -1.3139 / 1°18'49"W

OS Eastings: 438487

OS Northings: 1112861

OS Grid: HU384128

Mapcode National: GBR R23K.W2Y

Mapcode Global: XHD4H.9GB2

Entry Name: Links of Quendale, burnt mound 660m WNW of summit of Ward Hill

Scheduled Date: 13 August 1975

Last Amended: 29 October 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3701

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: burnt mound

Location: Dunrossness

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland South

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument comprises a burnt mound, a prehistoric cooking place. The scheduled area, established in 1975, is inadequate fully to protect the archaeological remains, and this proposal extends it slightly to achieve this.

The mound is situated N of the junction of two small streams which flow into the Links of Quendale. It is composed of small fire-cracked stones, the by-product of heating water by immersing fire-heated stones in a trough. It is oval on plan, measuring about 20m NW-SE by 12m and standing up to 2m high. Such mounds in the Northern Isles have proved, on excavation, generally to be of Bronze Age date (1800 - 600 BC approximately).

The area now to be scheduled is irregular on plan, measuring a maximum of 35m WNW-ESE by 25m. It is bounded on the S and SW by the small stream channels and around the rest of the perimeter by an arc of a circle 35m across centred on the top of the mound. The area is shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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