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Harold's Grave

An ancient low-lying grass-covered cairn on the northern slopes of Muckle Heog overlooking Harold's Wick in Unst, Harold's Grave was reputed to the grave of King Harald of Norway - who gave his name to the settlement of Haroldswick - although it is not because he lies buried under a mound at Haugar in his native land. Extending to 15.2m (50 feet) in length and 7.6m (25 feet) wide it was certainly the grave of an important Viking. The suggestions of buried treasure brought excavations in the 19th C. that revealed a pair of beautiful circular bronze brooches, which passed to the museum in Lerwick.


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