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Fetlar, Whilsa Pund

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    N/A
  • Canmore ID
    1464
  • Site type
    ENCLOSURE, MOUND(S), SETTLEMENT
  • Parish
    FETLAR
  • Council
    SHETLAND
  • NGR
    HU 618 929
  • Latitude, longitude
    60.614723N, 0.87285W
  • Archeological notes
    HU69SW 5 618 929 See also HU69SW 8. Whilsa Pund, an enclosure, lying about 700yds SW of the summit of Vord Hill, and judging by the method of construction and the size of the material used, probably contemporary and associated with the Funzie Girt Dyke (HU69SW 6). It is roughly oblong, with rounded ends, and measures about 320yds N-S by 140yds transversely. No entrance is visible. Near the middle of the west side the boundary wall bends outwards to form a small, shallow bay, the back of which again, with a semi-circular setting of smaller stones that stands outside it, forms a tiny enclosure only about 18' long by 9' broad. Within are three mounds which have the appearance of cairns, two at the south end and one at the north. The last of these, which is much dilapidated, shows the remains of a concave wall-face, still two or three courses high, extending for 18' along its south side. The ground behind is much disturbed and here, at a distance of 3' 9" from the wall-face, there is a course of laid stones surrounding a circular depression 13' in diameter, which may have been a chamber. The more easterly of the other two mounds covers an area 40' in diameter, but is now a scattered heap of stones, many being earth- fast. Its companion, a low heap of earth, has a diameter of 44', while on the top, but not in the centre, are two placed stones. In the north half of the Pund are the foundations of a small construction of a sub-oval form, and in its south half are five large stones set on edge at intervals in a transverse direction. RCAHMS 1946. Whilsa Pund, an enclosure as described at HU 618 929 of indeterminate date. Within it at HU 6184 9285, but not necessarily associated, is a ruined complex dwelling, greatly robbed and spread, but which has probably measured c.12.0m by c.10. 5m. It appears to have consisted of a sub-circular central court approx. 4.0m diameter, around which have clustered several cells or recesses. These have been set against a surrounding double wall, c.1.7m thick defined by upright blocks. An entrance passage 1.0m wide and c.5.0m long, is in the S sector. A tentative excavation to the E of the entrance may be the source of IA sherds found (See HU69SW 9). (Possibly an Iron Age round house of Calf of Eday type). An amorphous green mound spread to c.12.0m diameter at HU 6179 9291, has several earthfast stones protruding but forming no intelligible pattern. It may represent the remains of a similar structure. The N mound is as described by RCAHM, at HU 6174 9307, but appears to be the remains of a more recent structure. Surveyed at 1/10,000. Visited by OS (AA) 17 May 1969.
  • Architectural notes
    N/A

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1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Shetland, Sheet XII1877

1st edition 25-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Shetland, Sheet 012.151877