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Loch of Breck,settlement 360m SSW of Liradale

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.2193 / 60°13'9"N

Longitude: -1.6234 / 1°37'24"W

OS Eastings: 420965

OS Northings: 1148385

OS Grid: HU209483

Mapcode National: GBR Q1BQ.QVR

Mapcode Global: XHD2T.7DSL

Entry Name: Loch of Breck,settlement 360m SSW of Liradale

Scheduled Date: 20 February 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6158

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: field or field system

Location: Walls and Sandness

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland West

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric settlement of at least one house together with the remains of contemporary fields.

The settlement is located on a NE-facing slope overlooking Loch of Breck. A single oval house has been revealed by peat-cutting. It measures some 6m by 4.5m internally, with walls up to 2m thick. The entrance has been from the SE, where a curving wall foundation suggests a porch or windbreak. Within the house, alcoves can be traced in the inner face of the wall on the NE side. To the N and NW of the house small squarish terraces probably represent contemporary fields, and there are a number of small cairns, perhaps of field cleared stones, in the area.

The area to be scheduled is irregular on plan, bounded on the NE by a modern fence, which is itself excluded. It measures a maximum of 95m NE-SW by 90m, to include the house, fields and cairns and an area around them in which traces of activities associated with their 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 small prehistoric farming settlement which has the potential, through excavation and analysis, to provide important information about prehistoric domestic architecture and subsistence economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU24NW 42.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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