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The Dale,settlement,field system and cairn,Papa Stour

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.3336 / 60°20'0"N

Longitude: -1.677 / 1°40'37"W

OS Eastings: 417936

OS Northings: 1161104

OS Grid: HU179611

Mapcode National: GBR Q16F.BCM

Mapcode Global: XHBVG.KJ0G

Entry Name: The Dale,settlement,field system and cairn,Papa Stour

Scheduled Date: 6 November 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6243

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement; Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncerta

Location: Walls and Sandness

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland West

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument consists of an extensive field system with a settlement site and a burial cairn.

The field system, composed of small fields marked by low banks and terraces, and set with cairns of field-cleared stones, lies on the S side of the Dale (or Daal). At its N end is a settlement, marked by a circular house foundation about 8.5m across, with an oval annexe of slightly smaller size attached to the NE. At the SW edge of the field system, which corresponds to the crest of the gentle slope, is a burial cairn, an oval stone mound some 8m by 10m and 0.9m high.

The area to be scheduled is irregular on plan, measuring a maximum of 240m NNW-SSE by 160m, to include the settlement, burial cairn and the best-preserved part of the field system within which they are set. This 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 prehistoric farming settlement with associated burial cairn. It has the potential to provide information about prehistoric farming practices and domestic economy, and about contemporary burial rites.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU 16 SE 5 & 14.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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