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The Houb,burnt mound 150m north east of,Grunnavoe

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.2236 / 60°13'24"N

Longitude: -1.5509 / 1°33'3"W

OS Eastings: 424980

OS Northings: 1148891

OS Grid: HU249488

Mapcode National: GBR Q1JQ.82T

Mapcode Global: XHD2V.6969

Entry Name: The Houb,burnt mound 150m NE of,Grunnavoe

Scheduled Date: 29 January 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5552

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 is a burnt mound, a prehistoric cooking place.

The burnt mound consists of a crescentic heap of small fire-reddened and cracked stones, measuring some 10m in overall diameter. The maximum height is 1.2m. The mound stands in a rather boggy hollow beside a stream linking Loch of Grunnavoe to the sea.

The area to be scheduled is circular, 30m in diameter centred on the mound, to include the mound and an area around in which traces of its construction 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 fine field monument, a good example of a simple burnt mound of putative Bronze Age date. Excavation may reveal important information about the formation of such sites and their place in contemporary society.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU24NW 26.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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