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Houll,house 90m south west of,Roe Sound

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland North, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.3795 / 60°22'46"N

Longitude: -1.3915 / 1°23'29"W

OS Eastings: 433651

OS Northings: 1166327

OS Grid: HU336663

Mapcode National: GBR Q1X9.H34

Mapcode Global: XHD24.8CVR

Entry Name: Houll,house 90m SW of,Roe Sound

Scheduled Date: 20 August 1974

Last Amended: 22 January 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3479

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Delting

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland North

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument consists of the substantial remains of a prehistoric house.

The house survives as an oval bank of rubble, with a few larger stones protruding. The plan has been approximately oval, and the house is a very large one, 20m x 24m overall with a central area about 15m x 10m, with traces of wall recesses. The entrance may have been from the SE. On the S side of the house is a small enclosure, and the wall of this has been encroached upon by a recent boat noust (shelter) and a cist-like construction, perhaps for soaking bait.

The area to be scheduled is a promontory, bounded on all except the N side by the sea, and on the N side by a curved line drawn to pass 10m beyond the most northerly point of the house.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as an unexcavated, and particularly substantial, example of a prehistoric house, which by its location may relate rather more than is normal for this class to exploitation of the marine environment. It is highly likely that important archaeological deposits will be preserved both within and below the foundations of the house.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as HU36NW 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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