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Hoini Presses, house to west of Pund, Fair Isle

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland South, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 59.5279 / 59°31'40"N

Longitude: -1.641 / 1°38'27"W

OS Eastings: 420408

OS Northings: 1071382

OS Grid: HZ204713

Mapcode National: GBR Q39K.2V9

Mapcode Global: XHD63.0SP4

Entry Name: Hoini Presses, house to W of Pund, Fair Isle

Scheduled Date: 23 December 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6585

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Dunrossness

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland South

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric house, situated on the present day boundary between croft land and shared grazing.

The house remains take the form of an oval bank some 6m by 4m within a bank up to 0.6m high and up to 1m wide. Three large upright stones protrude within the interior, and several large stones show around the inner edge of the bank. A bank of similar appearance to that which defines the house runs off the the SE for 18m before fading out. About 5m W of the house is a rectangular platform some 7m by 3.5m, defined by larger stones around the edge.

The area to be scheduled is circular, 55m across, to include the house, bank and platform and an area around in which evidence relating to their 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 prehistoric house with associated walling. It has the potential to provide evidence about prehistoric domestic architecture and economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland




Hunter, J. R. (ed.) (1984) Fair Isle survey: interim 1984, Bradford University Schools of Archaeological Sciences and Physics Occasional Papers, No. 5 Bradford. No. 215.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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