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Newing,house 300m WSW of Black Skerry

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland North, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.2914 / 60°17'29"N

Longitude: -1.141 / 1°8'27"W

OS Eastings: 447591

OS Northings: 1156669

OS Grid: HU475566

Mapcode National: GBR R1JJ.PV7

Mapcode Global: XHF9C.KLF9

Entry Name: Newing,house 300m WSW of Black Skerry

Scheduled Date: 30 December 1974

Last Amended: 4 May 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3593

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Nesting

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland North

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument consists of the remains of a prehistoric house.

The house is set on a shoulder, close to the public road, and only 150m SW of another similar example. It is oval and measures 8m NE-SW by 7m transversely. It appears to contain two compartments. The entrance is in the SE side. On the SW side is an oval enclosure of large earth-fast stones measuring 10m by 17m, and there are traces of further fields and clearance cairns in the vicinity.

The area to be scheduled is rectangular, 25m NW-SE by 40m NE-SW, to include the house, enclosure and an area around in which traces of activity associated with their construction and use may survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a prehistoric house which may provide, through excavation and analysis, evidence about prehistoric agriculture and domestic economy. It gains additional importance from its membership of a local concentration of remains including at least four houses, a standing stone, a burnt mound and numerous traces of field clearance and walling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as HU45NE 10.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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