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Loomi Shun, homestead south of Sevdale, Unst

A Scheduled Monument in North Isles, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.7025 / 60°42'8"N

Longitude: -0.9478 / 0°56'52"W

OS Eastings: 457541

OS Northings: 1202607

OS Grid: HP575026

Mapcode National: GBR S00G.2BQ

Mapcode Global: XHF7J.28W4

Entry Name: Loomi Shun, homestead S of Sevdale, Unst

Scheduled Date: 10 May 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7681

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: homestead

Location: Unst

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: North Isles

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric homestead. The homestead is located on a SE-facing slope above Loch of Stourhoull. It takes the form of a hollow oval measuring some 6.2m NW-SE by 4.7m, within walls up to 0.4m high and up to 2.2m wide.

The foundation appears to be terraced into the slope. One large stone within the interior may be a remnant of former subdivisions, which are common in this type of house. The entrance has been from the SE, downslope, side.

The area to be scheduled is a circle of diameter 35m, to include the homestead 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. The area reaches, but does not cross, the modern fence to the NNE.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution of an understanding of prehistoric domestic architecture and agricultural economies.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HP 50 SE 33.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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