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Muckle Head

Cairn (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Muckle Head

Classification Cairn (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 1205

Site Number HU46SE 2

NGR HU 4798 6053

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

HU46SE 2 4798 6053.

(HU 4796 6055) Cairn (OE)

OS 6" map, Shetland, 2nd ed., (1903).

A cairn of oblong blocks and stones about 20ft in diameter.

Name Book 1878.

'This site was utilised as a survey station by the Ordnance Survey officers, and it is said that, if they did not actually construct the whole of the cairn, they added considerably to what already existed.'

RCAHMS 1946, visited 1930.

The mutilated remains of a cairn, 10.0m. in diameter and 0.5m high, on a hill summit.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (NKB) 6 May 1968.

50m NE of the above, is a cairn completely overgrown, and measuring c.10 x 8m. Of dubious character, it may be a collapsed settlement site.

Information from P J Ashmore, IAM (Historic Scotland) 20 December 1973.


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