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Hill of Olligarth,settlement and field system north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.2081 / 60°12'29"N

Longitude: -1.3003 / 1°18'1"W

OS Eastings: 438882

OS Northings: 1147293

OS Grid: HU388472

Mapcode National: GBR R14R.GWB

Mapcode Global: XHD2Y.GPT4

Entry Name: Hill of Olligarth,settlement and field system NE of

Scheduled Date: 6 August 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5719

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hall

Location: Tingwall

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland West

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument consists of the remains of a prehistoric house and field system on the E-facing slope overlooking the head of Stromness Voe.

The house is oval in plan, some 15m by 12m. It has had an entrance from the ESE, and four large boulders protruding from the centre represent internal subdivisions of the living space. Outside the entrance traces of curving dykes may represent a forecourt, but have been partly obscured by use as a sheep shelter. A number of fragmentary stretches of walling occur nearby, while a more well- preserved enclosure lies 60m to the E, and runs down to the water of the voe. This may be contemporary, although it has clearly been used more recently.

The area to be scheduled is rectangular, 130m WNW-ESE by 80m NNE-SSW, bounded on the E by the high-water mark of the shore, to include the house, forecourt, enclosure and traces of walling, together with an area around these in which traces of activities associated with their construction and use may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a small prehistoric settlement with clear potential to provide information, through excavation and analysis, which could light upon the nature of prehistoric agriculture and the economic and social organisation of life in pre Iron Age Shetland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU 43 NE 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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