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Yell, Sands Of Brekon

Cist (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Yell, Sands Of Brekon

Classification Cist (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 24

Site Number HP50NW 5

NGR HP 5295 0511

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

HP50NW 5 5295 0511.

(HP 5292 0520) 'Kist' Grave found under enormous boulder contained a huge skeleton. Finder - Mr And. Williamson, The Brake, Breckin. (Bruce Williamson, 21 St Sunniva St, Lerwick.)

Information from Shetland Museum Card Index and Annotated 6" map.

The finder is deceased. Mr B Williamson stated that this skeleton was found by his father over 40 years ago and described the boulder and its position at HU 5295 0511 on a W facing slope. He could remember no further details, except that the skeleton was covered up again.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (RL) 10 May 1969

Field survey and excavation, as a response to continual wind and marine erosion, was carried out at the Sands of Breckon between 1982 and 1983 (HP50NW 1.01 & HP50NW 11.01). The field survey area was over 20ha in extent, and 42 sites of archaeological interest were recognised. A large stone measuring 1.2m by 0.5m by 0.5m was recorded in the position marked by the OS as a 'Kist' grave.

Historic Scotland Archive Project (SW) 2002.


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