Ancient Monuments

History on the Ground

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Noonsbrough,burnt mound

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

We don't have any photos of this monument yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »

If Google Street View is available, the image is from the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the monument. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.


Latitude: 60.2985 / 60°17'54"N

Longitude: -1.4668 / 1°28'0"W

OS Eastings: 429571

OS Northings: 1157269

OS Grid: HU295572

Mapcode National: GBR Q1QJ.4MN

Mapcode Global: XHD2H.9D9V

Entry Name: Noonsbrough,burnt mound

Scheduled Date: 19 January 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5526

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: burnt mound

Location: Sandsting

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland West

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument is a burnt mound, a prehistoric cooking place. The mound consists of a turf-covered heap of fire-reddened and shattered stones, crescentic on plan, set in a damp hollow. Overall the mound measures about 9m in diameter, and stands up to 1.5m high. The open side of the crescentic plan faces a small stream, which would have provided water for boiling food: this is a classic burnt mound location and orientation. The area to be scheduled is circular in plan, 30m in diameter, to include the mound and an area around in which evidence relating to 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 classic example of a small 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 HU25NE 18.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Other nearby scheduled monuments is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact for any queries related to any individual ancient or schedued monument, planning permission related to scheduled monuments or the scheduling process itself. is a Good Stuff website.