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Littlure, burnt mound

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.2144 / 60°12'51"N

Longitude: -1.6328 / 1°37'57"W

OS Eastings: 420450

OS Northings: 1147843

OS Grid: HU204478

Mapcode National: GBR Q1BR.0LY

Mapcode Global: XHD2T.4J0B

Entry Name: Littlure, burnt mound

Scheduled Date: 26 September 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6222

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 of probable Bronze Age date.

The mound is situated in a marshy area within old croftland at Littlure, just N of a small roofed building. It is of classic crescentic form, measuring some 12m by 6m and rising to 1.1m high, and has been very little disturbed.

The area to be scheduled is irregular on plan, measuring 25m WNW-ESE by 15m. On the N it is bounded by a small drainage ditch, and its S boundary lies immediately N of the N wall of a small roofed building attached to an old crofthouse and enclosure. The area is marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a fine example of a burnt mound which displays the classic crescentic form of such monuments. It appears to be undisturbed, which implies considerable potential, through excavation and analysis, for the recovery of important information about Bronze Age domestic economy and diet.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU 24 NW 13.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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