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Little Brownie's Knowe,burnt mound

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.2941 / 60°17'38"N

Longitude: -1.6876 / 1°41'15"W

OS Eastings: 417371

OS Northings: 1156703

OS Grid: HU173567

Mapcode National: GBR Q15J.KJ6

Mapcode Global: XHBVN.DJQ7

Entry Name: Little Brownie's Knowe,burnt mound

Scheduled Date: 20 February 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6157

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: burnt mound

Location: Walls and Sandness

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland West

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument comprises a burnt mound, a prehistoric (probably Bronze Age) cooking place, which may conceal evidence for contemporary settlement. The burnt mound lies on a N-facing slope at the foot of Sandness Hill, overlooking Loch of Huxter. It has been bisected by a modern drystone wall, which is to be excluded from scheduling so that it may be repaired as necessary. The mound has been of crescentic plan, and rises to 1.2m tall. Its maximum extent is hard to determine, but has been in the order of 15m from E-W. At points where livestock have trampled the edge of the mound, the upper edges of large stone slabs protrude, indicating underlying structures. Wether these are the remains of a cooking trough or of some other domestic construction cannot be ascertained. Such mounds are the by-product of boiling by the immersion of heated stones in a trough of water. They are usually interpreted as cooking places. The area to be scheduled is rectangular, 40m by 30m, and is bisected by a modern drystone wall, which is excluded from scheduling. The area is marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a fine example of a burnt mound, which has the potential, through excavation and analysis to provide information about prehistoric domestic economy and diet and possibly also about domestic architecture.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU 15 NE 7.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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