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Green Knowe,burnt mound,Breibister

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.2302 / 60°13'48"N

Longitude: -1.6045 / 1°36'16"W

OS Eastings: 422008

OS Northings: 1149609

OS Grid: HU220496

Mapcode National: GBR Q1DP.MLL

Mapcode Global: XHD2T.H4F6

Entry Name: Green Knowe,burnt mound,Breibister

Scheduled Date: 29 January 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5551

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: burnt mound

Location: Walls and Sandness

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland West

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument consists of a burnt mound, a prehistoric cooking place.

The mound is situated in damp ground near the W side of the Loch of Breibister. It is composed of fire-reddened and shattered stones. It is about 8m across and stands 1.2m high, being crescentic on plan with the concave side towards the NE.

The area to be scheduled is circular, 20m in diameter, to include the burnt mound and an area around it in which evidence relating to its accumulation and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well-preserved burnt mound, a member of a local concentration of these monuments which offers the possibility, through comparative study, of defining the range of date and structural complexity of burnt mounds.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU24NW 8.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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