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Dutch Loch,settlement and burnt mound to north of,Papa Stour

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.3323 / 60°19'56"N

Longitude: -1.7095 / 1°42'34"W

OS Eastings: 416138

OS Northings: 1160951

OS Grid: HU161609

Mapcode National: GBR Q14F.FFB

Mapcode Global: XHBVG.3KVG

Entry Name: Dutch Loch,settlement and burnt mound to N of,Papa Stour

Scheduled Date: 29 April 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6380

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 large mound surmounted by the remains of a prehistoric settlement overlain by later structures and flanked by a mound of burnt stones.

The monument is a large green mound about 100m E-W by 80m, and rising some 4m above the nearby loch. The mound is bounded by a drystone wall which has been in use as a boundary until recently, the interior having been cultivated at some not too distant date. On the mound's crest is an oval foundation. This is grass-covered and measures 8.6m by 11.1m externally.

This represents the foundations of a prehistoric house. It is partially overlain by a more recent rectangular drystone structure. Traces of walling appear on the slopes of the mound. At the W end of this mound, where it meets the loch, is a large mound of burnt stones, probably a prehistoric cooking place. This is about 20m across, and stands 2m high.

The area to be scheduled is irregular, bounded on the S by the loch. It measures a maximum of 165m E-W by 155m N-S, to include the house, the mound beneath it, and the burnt mound, together with the more recent walls and structures, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a prehistoric settlement site with evidence for further, concealed, archaeological remains. The association of settlement and burnt mound increases the interest of both, and the whole has the potential to increase our understanding of prehistoric settlement and domestic economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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