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Mangaster,chambered cairn 270m west of

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland North, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.4203 / 60°25'13"N

Longitude: -1.4078 / 1°24'28"W

OS Eastings: 432710

OS Northings: 1170866

OS Grid: HU327708

Mapcode National: GBR Q1W6.7LS

Mapcode Global: XHD1Y.2B8Z

Entry Name: Mangaster,chambered cairn 270m W of

Scheduled Date: 20 December 1974

Last Amended: 20 November 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3566

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Northmaven

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland North

Traditional County: Shetland


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

The cairn is much reduced, but sufficient remains to show it to be of typical Shetland "heel-shaped" plan, with an outer kerb of large boulders and, on the SE side, a well-built concave facade, from the centre of which a narrow passage gives access to a small burial chamber. The cairn measures about 7m NW-SE by 6m NE-SW.

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 it in which evidence relating to its construction and use may survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for the evidence it contains, which would be accessible to excavation, for the development of Neolithic burial practices. In addition, the cairn may seal beneath it evidence, accessible to excavation and analysis, for contemporary land-use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU37SW 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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