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Watch Hill,cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland North, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.4858 / 60°29'9"N

Longitude: -1.531 / 1°31'51"W

OS Eastings: 425877

OS Northings: 1178108

OS Grid: HU258781

Mapcode National: GBR Q1K0.Z31

Mapcode Global: XHD1H.GP7R

Entry Name: Watch Hill,cairn

Scheduled Date: 30 January 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6150

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)

Location: Northmaven

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland North

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument consists of a prehistoric cairn on the summit of Watch Hill.

The cairn material has been somewhat robbed, but the plan is still clear. The cairn is almost circular, some 5m in diameter, and bounded by a kerb of large stones. A later cairn has been heaped up in its centre. This cairn is more likely to be of Bronze Age than of Neolithic date.

The area to be scheduled is circular, 25m in diameter, centred on the cairn, to include the cairn and an area around it in which evidence relating to its construction and use may survive. 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 rather unusual small round cairn in an area characterised by square or heel-shaped cairns of slightly larger size. It may be of a later date than such cairns. The monument has the potential, through excavation and analysis to provide information about prehistoric ritual and funerary practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the site as HU 27 NE 5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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