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Garden,settlement 300m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.2556 / 60°15'19"N

Longitude: -1.41 / 1°24'35"W

OS Eastings: 432756

OS Northings: 1152513

OS Grid: HU327525

Mapcode National: GBR Q1WM.LNC

Mapcode Global: XHD2Q.1HD9

Entry Name: Garden,settlement 300m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 21 March 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5959

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Sandsting

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland West

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument consists of the remains of a prehistoric settlement located immediately to the S of the public road.

The settlement takes the form of a ruined oval house, some 10m NE-SW by 7m NW-SE with a flattish facade on the SW side, where the entrance most probably lay. The house stands close to the S edge of a larger enclosure, 11m NW-SE by 14m NE-SW, which was probably a small field. Further traces of fragmentary walling occur in the area.

The area to be scheduled is approximately oval, bounded on the NE by the roadside fence (which is itself not to be scheduled) and measures 40m NE-SW by the same NW-SE, to include the house and enclosure and an area around in which other structures and evidence of the settlement's construction and use may survive, as shown 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 small prehistoric farming settlement. It has the potential through excavation and analysis to provide information relating to the domestic and agricultural economy of pre-Iron Age Shetland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU 35 SW 8.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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