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Swart-Houll,chambered cairn 330m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.1879 / 60°11'16"N

Longitude: -1.4501 / 1°27'0"W

OS Eastings: 430599

OS Northings: 1144957

OS Grid: HU305449

Mapcode National: GBR Q1ST.67V

Mapcode Global: XHD32.J614

Entry Name: Swart-Houll,chambered cairn 330m NE of

Scheduled Date: 19 July 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5700

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.

The cairn stands on a gentle rise on moorland. It consists of a large mound about 8.5m across, largely turf-covered except for the centre, where large blocks define a small sub-rectangular chamber with an entrance from the SE. One large stone at the junction of entrance passage and chamber is almost certainly a fallen lintel.

The area to be scheduled is circular, 30m across, 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 prehistoric burial cairn which, although robbed, may yet contain information, accessible to excavation and analysis, about prehistoric burial practices and ritual and, from soils buried below the cairn, about contemporary land-use and environmental conditions.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU 34 SW 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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