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Pund, burnt mounds north east of, Fair Isle

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland South, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 59.5296 / 59°31'46"N

Longitude: -1.6351 / 1°38'6"W

OS Eastings: 420740

OS Northings: 1071571

OS Grid: HZ207715

Mapcode National: GBR Q39K.5JR

Mapcode Global: XHD63.3Q2V

Entry Name: Pund, burnt mounds NE of, Fair Isle

Scheduled Date: 23 December 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6584

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: burnt mound

Location: Dunrossness

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland South

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument comprises several burnt mounds, prehistoric cooking places believed to date to the Bronze Age. One mound is arguably the largest such monument so far noted in Shetland, if not Scotland.

The main feature is a rather amorphous grass-covered mound of burnt stones measuring some 42m by 37m and standing up to 3.7m above surrounding ground level. This mound is almost certainly composed of a number of lesser mounds which have coalesced over time. It has been cut by a drainage ditch in relatively recent years.

Adjacent, to the NE, is a further mound, much disturbed, measuring 19m by 13m and up to 1.9m high. To the NW, some 50m away from the nearest edge of the largest mound, is a third example, which measures about 20m N-S by 9m, and has been so quarried in the centre as to appear almost as two separate mounds.

The area to be scheduled is in two parts: around the first and second mounds, which are adjacent, an area 80m E-W by 45m, and around the third mound, an area 30m E-W by 60m. The extent of the area to be scheduled is indicated on the accompanying map by two areas marked in red.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a fine and exceptionally large group of burnt mounds, which appear to have been disturbed only superficially and may therefore conceal important evidence about the date, use and method of accumulation of such monuments, as well as evidence relating to land use and environmental conditions at the date of their creation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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