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Loch of Niddister,burnt mound,Ness of Hillswick

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland North, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.4631 / 60°27'47"N

Longitude: -1.4947 / 1°29'40"W

OS Eastings: 427889

OS Northings: 1175591

OS Grid: HU278755

Mapcode National: GBR Q1N2.PV0

Mapcode Global: XHD1P.X8VN

Entry Name: Loch of Niddister,burnt mound,Ness of Hillswick

Scheduled Date: 17 October 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6113

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: burnt mound

Location: Northmaven

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland North

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument consists of a burnt mound, a prehistoric cooking place, situated on a promontory on the NW side of Loch of Niddister. The burnt mound is substantial, measuring about 17m by 14m and standing 1.7m high. It is of characteristic crescentic plan, with the concave side facing the water. On this side are several large earthfast slabs, probably the remains of the water trough normally found in this location.

The area to be scheduled is irregular, consisting of the promontory on which the mound stands, bounded on the NW by a line linking the head of two small bays and elsewhere by the edge of the loch. This area measures a maximum of 70m E-W by 45m N-S, to include the burnt mound and an area around it in which evidence relating to its accumulation 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 good example of a burnt mound, probably of Bronze Age date, which has the potential, through excavation and analysis, to provide information about prehistoric domestic economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU 27 NE 12.


RCAHMS (1946) No. 1372.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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