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Loch of Breckon,burnt mound east of,Esha Ness

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland North, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.4854 / 60°29'7"N

Longitude: -1.6119 / 1°36'42"W

OS Eastings: 421429

OS Northings: 1178034

OS Grid: HU214780

Mapcode National: GBR Q1C0.XVG

Mapcode Global: XHD1G.DQF2

Entry Name: Loch of Breckon,burnt mound E of,Esha Ness

Scheduled Date: 26 July 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6058

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, on the NE shore of the Loch of Breckon.

The mound is turf-covered, and measures 18.0m NW-SE by 10.0m. It stands 1.1m high. The central part of the mound is hollowed, as is normal with such monuments, giving a crescentic appearance to the mound, open towards the loch, which is immediately adjacent.

The area to be scheduled is irregular, bounded on the W by the shore of the loch, and measures a maximum of 40m NW-SE by 30m, as 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 its type. It has the potential, through excavation and analysis to provide important information about prehistoric domestic architecture and technology.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU 27 NW 7.


RCAHMS (1946) Inventory, p97.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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