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Vivilie Loch, chambered cairn 450m WNW of Ward of Culswick

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.1987 / 60°11'55"N

Longitude: -1.529 / 1°31'44"W

OS Eastings: 426216

OS Northings: 1146126

OS Grid: HU262461

Mapcode National: GBR Q1LS.657

Mapcode Global: XHD2V.HX1F

Entry Name: Vivilie Loch, chambered cairn 450m WNW of Ward of Culswick

Scheduled Date: 29 October 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6730

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Sandsting

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland West

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric chambered burial cairn.

The cairn has been of typical Shetland "heel-shaped" plan, with a circular plan cut into by a concave facade on the SE side. Only traces of the outer kerb and facade survive, but the chamber and entrance passage, edged with large earth-fast blocks, are clearly visible. Much but not all of the smaller material of the cairn has been removed. The cairn stands 1m high and has had a diameter of approximately 12m, although it has been somewhat spread at the edges.

The area to be scheduled is a circle of diameter 35m, centred on the chamber of the cairn, to include the cairn and an area around it in which evidence relating to its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a prehistoric burial place which, although robbed of its primary fill, still has the potential to provide information about prehistoric funerary architecture and, through excavation and analysis, about prehistoric funerary practices and contemporary environmental conditions.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU 24 NE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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