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Virda Field,cairn on summit,Papa Stour

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.3413 / 60°20'28"N

Longitude: -1.7255 / 1°43'31"W

OS Eastings: 415251

OS Northings: 1161950

OS Grid: HU152619

Mapcode National: GBR Q13D.L3V

Mapcode Global: XHBVF.XB7J

Entry Name: Virda Field,cairn on summit,Papa Stour

Scheduled Date: 6 November 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6241

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Walls and Sandness

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland West

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument consists of a small round cairn of prehistoric date.

The cairn is on the summit of Virda Field, and has been disturbed by the insertion of a modern survey cairn. It appears to have been about 8m in diameter, bounded by a kerb with a possible flat facade facing SE. No trace of a chamber can be seen.

The area to be scheduled is circular, 20m across, centred on the centre of the cairn, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a small prehistoric burial cairn which, although disturbed, still has the potential to provide information about prehistoric burial practices and contemporary environmental conditions.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU16SE 46.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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