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Mopul, cairn, Fair Isle

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland South, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 59.5491 / 59°32'56"N

Longitude: -1.6045 / 1°36'16"W

OS Eastings: 422459

OS Northings: 1073755

OS Grid: HZ224737

Mapcode National: GBR Q3DH.FJV

Mapcode Global: XHD63.H7DV

Entry Name: Mopul, cairn, Fair Isle

Scheduled Date: 23 December 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6579

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Dunrossness

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland South

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric burial cairn located close to the edge of high cliffs. The cairn survives as a mound 5.5m across and 0.4m high. Embedded within it are two stone chambers, or cists, at the SW and NE sides of the mound. Both cists are approximately 0.6m by 1m.

The area to be scheduled is a semi-circle of diameter 50m, with the straight side along the cliff edge on the ESE side, 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 extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as an example of a small burial monument of probable prehistoric date which has the potential to provide information about prehistoric funerary practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland




Hunter, J. R. (ed.) (1987) Fair Isle survey: interim 1984, Bradford University Schools of Archaeological Sciences and Physics Occasional Papers, No. 5 Bradford. No. 673.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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