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Unst, Gallow Hill

Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Site Name Unst, Gallow Hill

Classification Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Alternative Name(s) Mula

Canmore ID 36

Site Number HP50SE 17

NGR HP 5718 0020

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 17 5718 0020.

(HP 5718 0023) Cairn (NR).

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

The delapidated remains of a cairn which has probably had a diameter of some 30'. There are signs of careful building round the margin, but only foundations of a wall-face can now be traced.


A heel-shaped chambered cairn, 1.2m high, with the interior and facade considerably masked by tumble, but with the kerb particularly well defined. It measures about 15.0m across its concave SSE facade, which faces down the slope, and c10.5m transversely. Within are faint indications of what may have been an inner circular kerb giving a two-tiered effect. Three large stones 0.8m apart are apparently part of a passage which leads to a chamber 1.0m square defined by three slabs on edge. This two-tiered effect with entrance in the 'upper storey' is similar to the Wideford Hill chambered cairn (HY41SW 1) in Orkney.

Visited by OS (NKB) 5 May 1969

Survey Diagram.


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