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Culsetter,chambered cairn 180m SSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland North, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.3889 / 60°23'20"N

Longitude: -1.3945 / 1°23'40"W

OS Eastings: 433477

OS Northings: 1167374

OS Grid: HU334673

Mapcode National: GBR Q1X8.V01

Mapcode Global: XHD24.74NJ

Entry Name: Culsetter,chambered cairn 180m SSW of

Scheduled Date: 20 December 1974

Last Amended: 23 February 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3563

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Delting

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland North

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument consists of the remains of a prehistoric burial cairn.

The cairn forms a low, grass-covered, mound, through which large boulders protrude. These indicate the curving facade, facing SE as is usual in this class of cairn, the outer kerb, the inner chamber and its entrance passage. The chamber has been about 1m by 1.2m, and is rectangular in plan. The overall diameter of the mound is about 10m.

The area to be scheduled is circular, 30m in diameter and centred on the chamber of the cairn, to include the cairn and an area around in which evidence may survive of activities associated with its construction and use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a good example of a Shetland heel-shaped cairn. Although robbed, enough of the cairn survives to indicate that contemporary soils and land surfaces buried by the cairn's construction will survive beneath it. These may preserve important evidence, accessible to excavation and analysis, for the vegetation and land-use of the later Neolithic period in this area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU36NW 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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