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Groni Field,cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.2662 / 60°15'58"N

Longitude: -1.4494 / 1°26'57"W

OS Eastings: 430562

OS Northings: 1153680

OS Grid: HU305536

Mapcode National: GBR Q1SL.SNW

Mapcode Global: XHD2P.J793

Entry Name: Groni Field,cairn

Scheduled Date: 11 August 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5723

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Sandsting

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland West

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument consists of the remains of a prehistoric burial cairn. The cairn is oval, some 10m NE-SW by 8.5m NW-SE. It has been somewhat disturbed, but traces of an outer kerb of large boulders can be discerned, as can the remains of a central chamber, oval on plan and 2m by 1m, oriented ENE-WSW.

What may have been an entrance passage leads from the SE side of the cairn, but this is not clearly visible.

The area to be scheduled is circular, 40m in diameter, to include the cairn and an area around it in which evidence 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 burial cairn, possibly chambered, which does not seem to have been robbed. It may contain evidence, accessible to excavation and analysis, relating to prehistoric burial practices and, from land surfaces sealed by the cairn material, contemporary land-use and environmental conditions.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU 35 SW 6.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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