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Muckla Water,chambered cairn 800m ESE of Priesthoulland,Esha Ness

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland North, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.4944 / 60°29'39"N

Longitude: -1.5942 / 1°35'39"W

OS Eastings: 422395

OS Northings: 1179033

OS Grid: HU223790

Mapcode National: GBR Q1F0.08M

Mapcode Global: XHD1G.MHK7

Entry Name: Muckla Water,chambered cairn 800m ESE of Priesthoulland,Esha Ness

Scheduled Date: 26 July 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6060

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Northmaven

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland North

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument consists of a prehistoric chambered burial cairn.

The cairn stands on a gentle S-facing hillside, overlooking the prehistoric settlement at Muckla Water and less than 200m from a second chambered cairn (both separately scheduled). It is much reduced in height, and with most of the small cairn material gone now stands to only 0.4m. It is almost square on plan, about 4m across, and is defined by a kerb of modest-sized boulders.

Within the kerb, what may be the original base of the cairn appears to have been slabbed. A small polygonal central chamber is present, but there is no trace of an entrance passage. The area to be scheduled is a square, of side 25m, aligned N-S, to include the cairn and an area around it in which evidence relating to its construction 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 very small chambered cairn of unusual plan. It is part of a pair of chambered cairns, with nearby settlement remains of broadly similar date. As a group these have the potential to provide information about Neolithic settlement, economy and ritual practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU 27 NW 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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