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Unst, Gallow Hill

Cairn (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Unst, Gallow Hill

Classification Cairn (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 43

Site Number HP50SE 23

NGR HP 5752 0070

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 23 5752 0070.

(HP 5752 0073) Cairn (NR) Stone Cists found AD. 1825.

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

The ruins of a very large cairn excavated by Hunt in July 1865,(J Hunt 1866), when he found the remains of a human skeleton with some limpet shells. 'Several skulls' were reported to have been found previously. The cairn was demolished, during the war, so completely that practically no trace has been left. The stones were used to build a look-out shelter.

RCAHMS 1946, visited 1930.

The amorphous remains of a cairn as described by the RCAHMS.

Visited by OS (NKB) 5 May 1969


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