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Bekka Hill,chambered cairn 770m north of

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.2272 / 60°13'37"N

Longitude: -1.3841 / 1°23'2"W

OS Eastings: 434216

OS Northings: 1149369

OS Grid: HU342493

Mapcode National: GBR Q1YQ.0GB

Mapcode Global: XHD2X.C6TH

Entry Name: Bekka Hill,chambered cairn 770m N of

Scheduled Date: 6 August 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5717

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 the remains of a prehistoric chambered burial cairn, on the ridge of Bekka Hill, 770m N of its summit.

The cairn is of typical Shetland "heel-shaped", or semi-circular, plan. On the SSE side a straight facade 7.2m long is formed by larger blocks, with a very large boulder at each end. Within the body of the cairn, which has been severely robbed, two large slabs indicate a central chamber.

The area to be scheduled is circular, 30m in diameter, to include the cairn and an area around it in which evidence of activities relating to its 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 Neolithic burial cairn, which may, despite being disturbed, provide important evidence relating to prehistoric burial practices and, from the soil sealed beneath the cairn, contemporary land-use and environmental conditions.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU 34 NW 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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