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Erne's Ward, house 150m WSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland South, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 59.8945 / 59°53'40"N

Longitude: -1.3103 / 1°18'37"W

OS Eastings: 438692

OS Northings: 1112359

OS Grid: HU386123

Mapcode National: GBR R23L.B8W

Mapcode Global: XHD4H.BKSK

Entry Name: Erne's Ward, house 150m WSW of

Scheduled Date: 13 August 1975

Last Amended: 29 October 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3722

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Dunrossness

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland South

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric house or homestead. It was first scheduled in 1975, but an insufficient area was included to protect all of the remains. This proposal rectifies the omission.

The house survives as a roughly circular foundation of earthfast and recumbent boulders, with an entrance on the S flanked by large slabs set on edge. The wall, which has been faced both internally and externally with larger boulders around an earthen core, is up to 3m wide near the entrance, and encloses an area about 12m across. Traces of subdivisions or marginal recesses survive inside. A number of depressions and a turf-covered mound outside, to the NW, suggest that the site has been excavated in a limited manner, although most of the remains appear to be undisturbed by this activity.

The area now to be scheduled is a circle, 35m in diameter, to include the house and an area around it in which evidence relating to its construction and use is likely to survive. The area is indicated in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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