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Sandhill, burnt mound 200m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in North Isles, Orkney Islands

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Latitude: 59.1809 / 59°10'51"N

Longitude: -2.7614 / 2°45'40"W

OS Eastings: 356586

OS Northings: 1032937

OS Grid: HY565329

Mapcode National: GBR M4JG.KQX

Mapcode Global: WH7B8.KH8P

Entry Name: Sandhill, burnt mound 200m SE of

Scheduled Date: 30 September 1936

Last Amended: 20 August 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1375

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: burnt mound

Location: Eday

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: North Isles

Traditional County: Orkney


The monument comprises a burnt mound - a prehistoric cooking place, which may conceal traces of prehistoric domestic buildings. It is probably of Bronze Age date.

The mound is in a low-lying area, near to fresh water: this is a typical location. The mound is extremely well-preserved, standing over 2m tall. It takes the form of a crescentic bank, about 25m long by 6m wide, which curves partly around an oval bank of lower height. This latter is probably no more than a detached part of the same mound. The whole monument, about 20m by 25m overall, appears to stand on a slight platform.

The area to be scheduled is a circle of diameter 55m, to enclose the burnt mound and subsidiary mound, the platform on which they stand and an area around them in which evidence relating to their accumulation and period of use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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