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Stourbrough Hill,cairn 170m south of summit

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.2535 / 60°15'12"N

Longitude: -1.6201 / 1°37'12"W

OS Eastings: 421130

OS Northings: 1152197

OS Grid: HU211521

Mapcode National: GBR Q1CM.SHY

Mapcode Global: XHD2M.9J4W

Entry Name: Stourbrough Hill,cairn 170m S of summit

Scheduled Date: 22 January 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5544

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)

Location: Walls and Sandness

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland West

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument consists of a large prehistoric cairn situated on the S flank of Stourbrough Hill.

The cairn is slightly disturbed, and built of large boulders. It measure approximately 11m E-W by 8m N-S, and stands 1m high, although its dimensions are obscured by deep peat which laps up against it. The cairn clearly pre-dates the growth of the peat.

The area to be scheduled is an irregular quadrilateral, bounded on the NW and NE by a modern fence (which is itself excluded from the scheduling), and measuring a maximum of 60m NE-SW by 40m NW-SE, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a relatively substantial cairn, probably a burial cairn, overlooking an area with extensive prehistoric settlement evidence. The cairn is featureless, but only slightly disturbed, and may contain within and below its structure evidence for prehistoric burial practices and contemporary economy, environment and land-use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU25SW 9.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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