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Round Hill,chambered cairn,Papa Stour

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.3169 / 60°19'0"N

Longitude: -1.6937 / 1°41'37"W

OS Eastings: 417023

OS Northings: 1159239

OS Grid: HU170592

Mapcode National: GBR Q15G.NQG

Mapcode Global: XHBVG.BY89

Entry Name: Round Hill,chambered cairn,Papa Stour

Scheduled Date: 29 April 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6388

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Walls and Sandness

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland West

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument consists of the remains of a prehistoric chambered burial cairn on the summit of Round Hill.

The cairn, which commands extensive views except to the WNW, is reduced to a slight rise, with large boulders set within this indicating details of the plan. The cairn is of "heel-shaped" plan, with a concave facade facing SE.

The entrance passage opens from the centre of the facade and gives access to a rectangular chamber. The cairn appears to have been about 8m across from facade to back by perhaps 12m.

The area to be scheduled is circular on plan, 30m in diameter, to include the cairn and an area around it in which associated remains may survive. The scheduled area reaches, but does not cross, a new fenceline to its NE, and is marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric ritual and funerary practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU 15 NE 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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