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Loch of Seligeo,burnt mound 140m SSE of,Papa Stour

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.3364 / 60°20'11"N

Longitude: -1.7046 / 1°42'16"W

OS Eastings: 416409

OS Northings: 1161413

OS Grid: HU164614

Mapcode National: GBR Q14F.3QC

Mapcode Global: XHBVG.5GV8

Entry Name: Loch of Seligeo,burnt mound 140m SSE of,Papa Stour

Scheduled Date: 14 May 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6381

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 cooking place.

This mound is located in a small valley in low hills, near to a tiny seasonal loch. The mound is 9m by 6.5m and almost 2m high. It is of unusual plan, with one side of the usual horse-shoe shaped plan represented not by an extension of the mound but by a platform of small stones. At one end of this platform is a small oval enclosure, 3.7m by 3.4m internally. Without excavation, it cannot be ascertained whether the unusual plan is original or the result of later disturbance.

The area to be scheduled is a circle 30m across, to include the mound and a small area around in which associated remains are likely to survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a burnt mound of unusual plan, which may have potential to provide important information about the structure and detailed purposes of such mounds. In addition, it forms part of an important grouping of settlement and allied sites, which together have the potential to throw light on the range and variety of pre-Iron Age settlement forms in Shetland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU 16 SE 15.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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