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East Collaster,burnt mound 120m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.3029 / 60°18'10"N

Longitude: -1.6128 / 1°36'46"W

OS Eastings: 421498

OS Northings: 1157706

OS Grid: HU214577

Mapcode National: GBR Q1CH.XBK

Mapcode Global: XHD2F.D91G

Entry Name: East Collaster,burnt mound 120m E of

Scheduled Date: 22 January 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5541

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, the remains of a prehistoric cooking place. The turf-covered mound is crescentic in plan, and measures 16m across with a maximum height of 1.4m. It is composed of small fire-cracked stones, and is located on a flat, boggy area (as is common with such monuments). The concave side of the mound faces towards the N.

The area to be scheduled is circular, 30m in diameter, centred on the mound, to include the mound and an area around it in which evidence may survive relating to the mound's accumulation and use, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as one of the finest field examples of a simple burnt mound in Scotland. It displays the classic crescentic plan and waterside location, and shows no signs of modern disturbance, which suggests that important information relating to the construction and use of such mounds may be preserved and accessible to excavation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU25NW 7.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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