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Whalsay, Gamla Vord

Cairn (Period Unassigned), Cist (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Whalsay, Gamla Vord

Classification Cairn (Period Unassigned), Cist (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Willie's Wart

Canmore ID 1312

Site Number HU56NE 8

NGR HU 5818 6508

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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

Archaeology Notes

HU56NE 8 5818 6508

HU 582 652 (2). Cairn containing cist, Willie's Wart, on the highest point of land between Loch Isbister (HU 57 64) and West Loch of Skaw (HU 58 66) and about a third of a mile SW of the latter.

Almost all the cairn stones have been removed, no doubt to build the plantie-crub which stands hard by, but sufficient remains to suggest that the diameter has been about 23'. The slab cist was excavated by J. Stewart and found to measure about 4' by between 2' and 2'10". The floor

was of smaller stones laid on peat, and the cist contained

a rude hammer-stone and a flint flake.

RCAHMS 1946; C S T Calder 1963

The poor remains of a cairn containing a cist at HU 5816 6508, as described by RCAHMS. Almost all the body of the cairn has been removed leaving a discontinuous kerb of stones.

Visited by OS (NKB) 30 May 1968

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