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Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Site Name Gillaburn

Classification Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Alternative Name(s) Quina Scord

Canmore ID 1178

Site Number HU45SW 1

NGR HU 4042 5162

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Shetland Islands
  • Parish Tingwall
  • Former Region Shetland Islands Area
  • Former District Shetland
  • Former County Shetland

Archaeology Notes

HU45SW 1 4042 5162.

HU 404 517. A heel-shaped cairn (Gillaburn) in moorland, a short distance above the fields, on a sloping site, facing almost due south across a slight saddle to a rise in the hillside with a view of the loch beyond. There is very little cairn material and it is now mainly grass-covered, but most of the stones of the facade and kerb remain. The kerb-stones are laid on bed and barely project above the turf. A pillar-stone about 4' high has stood at each end of the facade, but that on the east has fallen and the other leans at an angle to the west. The remaining stones of the facade range from 6" to 1' 10" in height. There are four seemingly earth-fast stones in the centre of the cairn, but they are not sufficient to indicate the plan of the chamber or cists.

RCAHMS 1946; A S Henshall 1963, visited 1957.

At HU 4038 5163 a heel-shaped cairn as described and illustrated.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (RL) 30 April 1968.

Scheduled as Quina Scord, chambered cairn.

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 6 August 1993.


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