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Hayfield,chambered cairn 150m ESE of

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.3016 / 60°18'5"N

Longitude: -1.3437 / 1°20'37"W

OS Eastings: 436371

OS Northings: 1157673

OS Grid: HU363576

Mapcode National: GBR R11H.T4Q

Mapcode Global: XHD2J.XB3H

Entry Name: Hayfield,chambered cairn 150m ESE of

Scheduled Date: 6 August 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5722

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. The cairn is a largely turf-covered mound set on a small knoll about 50m from the public road. In the centre of the mound is a trefoil- shaped chamber built of large slabs, and originally entered via a passage from the SE side of the cairn.

What may be roofing slabs lie displaced in the chamber and the line of the passage, and three further slabs on the SE side of the cairn may be remnants of a facade.

The area to be scheduled is circular, 30m in diameter and centred on the cairn, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a good example of a small chambered cairn. Although probably robbed, enough survives to provide important information about the form and construction of such monuments. The monument has the potential, through excavation and analysis, to provide information relating to prehistoric burial practices and ritual, and, from buried soils, contemporary land-use and environmental conditions.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU 35 NE 1.


Henshall, A. S. (1963) 'The Chambered Tombs of Scotland', 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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