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Fetlar, Gravins, Fiddler's Crus

Stone Setting(S) (Neol/bronze Age)

Site Name Fetlar, Gravins, Fiddler's Crus

Classification Stone Setting(S) (Neol/bronze Age)

Alternative Name(s) Hyltadance; Hjaltadans

Canmore ID 1466

Site Number HU69SW 7

NGR HU 6180 9270

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

HU69SW 7 6180 9270.

(HU 6180 9273) Hyltadance (OE)

O.S.6"map, Shetland, 2nd ed.,(1900).

The 'Fiddler's Crus' - three rings of stones comparable with the cairn 'Haltadans' (HU69SW 4 - prob. EBA) which lies 550 yds to the SE.

The rings are of small stones set edge to edge and measure 42', 49' and 53' in diameter. They can still be easily traced, though now covered with turf.

In circle 'A' which is the largest and best defined, several stones appear to be missing on the north arc, but fifty others remain in position over the rest of the circumference. The largest measures 2'6" by 11" and rises 1' above the ground. Inside and concentric with the stone setting is a low earthen bank, 36' 6" in diameter from crest to crest, and having a spread of 4'. The central area thus enclosed is flat and on the same level as the ground outside.

In circle 'B' only five stones are visible, but there are others under the grass.

In circle 'C' twenty-four stones are still exposed.

RCAHMS 1946. Visited 1934; R W Feachem 1963.

The three circles are supposed to be where criminals were tried and condemned. A round white boulder in the centre of the SE circle is said to have been the judge's seat.

Name Book 1878.

Fiddler's Crus as described by RCAHM & Feachem.

Surveyed at 1:10,000

Visited by OS(AA) 16 May 1969.


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