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Gallow Hill

Cairn (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Gallow Hill

Classification Cairn (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 411

Site Number HU25SE 31

NGR HU 25403 50772

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

HU25SE 31 2541 5078.

(HU 2539 5078) Cuml (OE).

OS 6" map, Shetland, 2nd ed., (1903).

A cairn of bare stones, 1.4m high, situated on a prominent summit. It measures c.10.5m NW-SE by c.9.5m NE-SW and is defined for most of its perimeter by a kerb of unusually large stones. Within it are two upright slabs, forming no identifiable pattern, but almost certainly the remains of a chamber.

Visited by OS (NKB) 24 June 1968.


Field Visit (12 June 2010)

This cairn, which is situated in a commanding position with a fine outlook in all directions, measures 12.5m in diameter and up to 1.4m high. It is distinguished by a well-preserved kerb of large boulders, but it is capped by a later marker cairn and its NE edge has been disfigured by a rubble-built sheep shelter. The cairn is shown on the 1st and 2nd editions of the OS 6-inch map (Shetland 1882 and 1903, Sheet xlvi).

Visited by RCAHMS (DCC) 12 June 2010.


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