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Unst, Hamarberg

Rock Carving (Period Unassigned), Ting (Viking)(Possible)

Site Name Unst, Hamarberg

Classification Rock Carving (Period Unassigned), Ting (Viking)(Possible)

Canmore ID 41

Site Number HP50SE 21

NGR HP 5884 0391

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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

Archaeology Notes

HP50SE 21 5884 0391.

A boulder bearing ornamentation of a unique character lies about 200yds SE of the township of Gunnister in the Hamarberg district. It rests on top of a low circular heap of small stones, which has a diameter of about 12', and its greatest dimensions are 6' 4" by 3'3 1/2" by 1'3". Around the margin it has been scalloped in a series of carefully pecked-out or ground-out hollows, which measure, on an average, about 4 3/4" by 3" by 1 3/4". It would be idle to guess at its significance, but it has been stated that on the bare summit of the rock over its site has held the earliest Law Ting Court in Shetland, afterwards removed to Tingwall (J T Irvine).

RCAHMS 1946, visited 1930

At HP 5884 0393, is the sculptured boulder described.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS(NKB) 5 May 1969


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