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Ward of Browland,chambered cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.2476 / 60°14'51"N

Longitude: -1.5183 / 1°31'5"W

OS Eastings: 426768

OS Northings: 1151583

OS Grid: HU267515

Mapcode National: GBR Q1LN.C1X

Mapcode Global: XHD2N.MPCC

Entry Name: Ward of Browland,chambered cairn

Scheduled Date: 22 January 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5547

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Sandsting

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland West

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument consists of a prehistoric chambered burial cairn, situated on the summit of Ward of Browland.

The cairn lies below an Ordnance Survey triangulation pillar. Perhaps because of this, the interior appears not to have been dug into. The cairn is sub-circular, with traces of what may be a flat facade of large boulders on its NNE side, although this is difficult to ascertain in the tumbled cairn material, which extends beyond the kerb which defines the perimeter.

The area to be scheduled is circular, 40m in diameter centred on the triangulation pillar, to include the cairn and an area around in which traces of associated structures and evidence for 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 an extremely rare undisturbed chambered cairn of the Shetland heel-shaped type. No other example appears to be so convincingly undug, and this holds out the possibility of important deposits, accessible to excavation, which would yield information on late Neolithic burial practices and material technology.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU25SE 7.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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