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Ara Clett,chambered cairn,Turdale Water

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.2586 / 60°15'30"N

Longitude: -1.4377 / 1°26'15"W

OS Eastings: 431221

OS Northings: 1152837

OS Grid: HU312528

Mapcode National: GBR Q1SM.KYY

Mapcode Global: XHD2P.PD1Z

Entry Name: Ara Clett,chambered cairn,Turdale Water

Scheduled Date: 11 August 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5724

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 is located on the summit of a small hill to the NNW of Park Hall. It is a roughly circular mound, about 15m across, within which may be discerned elements of a typical "heel-shaped" plan, with a concave facade formed of larger boulders and facing SSE.

The outer ends of the facade are defined by very large blocks, and at the centre of the facade two blocks define the entrance to a passage leading to a chamber within the body of the cairn. This, now roofless, is polygonal and measures about 2m by 3m.

The area to be scheduled is circular, 35m in diameter to include the cairn and an area around it in which evidence relating to its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a good field example of a Shetland heel-shaped cairn which, although robbed, may yet conceal important information, accessible to excavation, relating to prehistoric burial practices and ritual.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU 35 SW 1.


Henshall, A. S. (1963) Chambered Tombs of Scotland, 1, 176.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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