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New Setter, burnt mound, Papa Stour

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.3257 / 60°19'32"N

Longitude: -1.6835 / 1°41'0"W

OS Eastings: 417581

OS Northings: 1160227

OS Grid: HU175602

Mapcode National: GBR Q16F.TM1

Mapcode Global: XHBVG.GQCH

Entry Name: New Setter, burnt mound, Papa Stour

Scheduled Date: 17 September 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6443

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 consists of a burnt mound, a prehistoric cooking place.

The mound is located in grassland. It is a large example, and takes the form of two high lobes joined by a lower col, with a low central area reached by a gap in the mound. Although from a distance it looks more like two separate mounds, this is a single monument, and the form is typical.

The area to be scheduled is a circle of diameter 45m, centred on the low point within the mound, to include the mound and a small area around in which associated deposits may survive. The area is marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a fine example of a burnt mound, displaying the typical form to advantage. It appears to be substantially undisturbed, and has the potential to provide important evidence about prehistoric domestic economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU 16 SE 8.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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