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Enclosure (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Pinhoulland

Classification Enclosure (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 284

Site Number HU24NE 19

NGR HU 25501 49834

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Shetland Islands
  • Parish Walls And Sandness
  • Former Region Shetland Islands Area
  • Former District Shetland
  • Former County Shetland

Archaeology Notes

HU24NE 19 2551 4982.

(Area: HU 255 498) A rough, stone-covered area on the west side of the yard, immediately behind the crofting house of Pinhoulland is said to mark the site of a very large broch (a description by Anderson (1873), quoting the Rev. J Russel). The remains, however, have been so much quarried that it is not now possible to distinguish any features that would confirm the identification.

J Anderson 1873; RCAHMS 1946, visited 1931.

At HU 2549, is a disturbed area of ground on a knoll from which protrudes a number of earth-fast stones. No real evidence for a broch although an ideal situation. The occupant at Pinhoulland reports finding midden material and says that a lot of the stone in the croft outbuildings came from the site.

An old enclosure, about 21.0m by about 8.0m, abutting on to the N side, may be associated with the original structure (see HU24NE 176). The site may be associated with the nearby Neolithic/Bronze Age Settlement (HU24NE 11).

Visited by OS (RL) 14 June 1968

Listed as a neolithic house site.

N Fojut 1985.


Publication Account (2002)



Site of possible broch in Walls and Sandness. There is only a knoll with some earth-fast stones protruding.

Sources: 1. OS card HU 24 NE 19: 2. RCAHMS 1946, vol. 3, no. 1611, 147.

E W MacKie 2002

Field Visit (14 June 2010)

An enclosure occupies the SE end of a ridge immediately NW of the buildings of Pinhoulland farm. Its SE arc is straddled by the wall of a D-shaped enclosure that adjoins the farm buildings and is depicted on both the 1st and 2nd editions of the OS 6-inch map (Shetland 1882 & 1903, sheet xlvi). Roughly oval on plan, the enclosure measures about 19m from NW to SE by 13m transversely within a wall robbed to a thick, grass grown stony bank. This bank appears to overlie the SE end of another enclosure that continues along the ridge to the NW (see HU24NE 176). The interior is littered with shallow quarry pits and has been used more recently to house a feed bin stance.

Visited by RCAHMS (ARG) 14 June 2010.


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