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Unst, Gunnister

Standing Stone (Prehistoric)

Site Name Unst, Gunnister

Classification Standing Stone (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 30

Site Number HP50SE 11

NGR HP 5841 0411

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

HP50SE 11 5841 0411.

(HP 5839 0414) Standing Stone (NR)

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

A standing stone showing traces of packing at base, but now not more than 2' 6" high with a width of 2' 11" at base and an average thickness of 11". The major axis lies NW-SE. There is reason to believe that the stone was once considerably higher. To the NW, deeply embedded in the turf lies what is evidently a broken-off portion, rather more than 4' long.

RCAHMS 1946, visited 1930.

This stone is a roughly rectangular slab with another beside it. It stands within an amorphous green mound, 30.m high, with several earthfast stones protruding, which is situated on a conspicuous crest. Possibly the remains of a cairn, but insufficient detail survives to enable positive identification.

Visited by OS (NKB) 5 May 1969.

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