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Burnside,burnt mound 300m south of Crows Nest

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland North, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.4886 / 60°29'18"N

Longitude: -1.4914 / 1°29'29"W

OS Eastings: 428048

OS Northings: 1178430

OS Grid: HU280784

Mapcode National: GBR Q1N0.RB5

Mapcode Global: XHD1H.ZM6N

Entry Name: Burnside,burnt mound 300m S of Crows Nest

Scheduled Date: 30 January 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6151

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.

The burnt mound is one of the best examples in Shetland. It consists of a crescentic mound of small burnt stones, largely turf-covered, measuring 11m NE-SW by 8m, and stands up to 1m high. Within the concavity of the crescentic mound is a stone trough, set into the ground. An unusual feature is the presence of two large slabs lying flat on either side of the trough, perhaps once forming a lid.

The area to be scheduled is irregular on plan, bounded on the SW by the edge of a track and on the NE by the Bogers Burn. It measures 25m NW-SE by 17m at the NW end, tapering to 14m at the SE. This includes the mound, cooking trough and a small area around, in which evidence relating to its construction, 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 fine field monument, one of the best examples of the classic form of a burnt mound, with crescentic mound and central trough. It is also of national importance for the information it provides, and the further information it may be able to provide, through excavation and analysis, about prehistoric settlement and domestic economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU 27 NE 10.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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