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Voe of Sound, prehistoric house 180m west of Point of Sandwall

A Scheduled Monument in Lerwick South, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.1345 / 60°8'4"N

Longitude: -1.1768 / 1°10'36"W

OS Eastings: 445827

OS Northings: 1139174

OS Grid: HU458391

Mapcode National: GBR R1FY.RD2

Mapcode Global: XHFB4.2JZK

Entry Name: Voe of Sound, prehistoric house 180m W of Point of Sandwall

Scheduled Date: 14 December 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8385

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: homestead

Location: Lerwick

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Lerwick South

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument consists of the remains of a substantial prehistoric house, located on a hillside terrace overlooking the Voe of Sound.

The monument, which stands at about 35m OD, consists of a mound of large stones within which the remains of an oval structure some 7.5m by 6.5m can be discerned, with walls from 1.3m to 0.8m thick. The entrance appears to have been on the W side, flanked by two upright stones.

The form and general appearance of the monument are consistent with its identification as a prehistoric house, most probably of the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age (approximately 3000 - 1000 BC).

The area to be scheduled is circular, 30m in diameter, to include the house and an area around it in which related remains may survive, as indicated in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the well-preserved remains of a prehistoric house, which may contain original occupation deposits. It has potential to provide information about prehistoric domestic architecture and economy, and contemporary land use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU 43 NE 2.


Calder, C. S. T. (1958) 'Stone Age house-sites in Shetland', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, Vol. 89, 377, No. 45.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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