MHG11106 - Broch, Dun Viden


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Type and Period (1)

  • BROCH (Iron Age - 550 BC to 560 AD)

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NC 7265 5188) Dun Viden (NAT) Broch (NR) OS 6"map, (1964)

The remains of a broch (RCAHMS 1911; PSAS 1958; OS {JLD}) or dun (Young 1964), now a tumbled mass of stones, 1.5m high, within which wall faces, intermittently visible, give an internal diameter of about 9.5m and a wall thickness of 4.8m. The entrance 0.3m high and 1.1m wide is clearly defined in SE. Steep slopes defend site on W but there are outworks on other three sides - remains of a rampart on N & S, and a rampart, ditch and outer stony bank on east. A barbed and socketed iron arrow-head, found outside the broch, was donated to the NMAS by Miss A S Henshall in 1955-6. (Acc. No. GA 1265). There is also a flint from the site in the museum (Acc. No. AB 2655). Miss Young's reasons for classing this site as a dun are inferior stonework and small outer courtyard with stone walling supplementing the natural rock. She admits that it could be classed as a late broch. RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909; Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1958; A Young 1964; Visited by OS (J L D) 6 May 1960.

Dun Viden: a broch and outworks on an old river terrace. Generally as described except that the broch wall varies in thickness from 4.2m minimum to 5.3m max. The approach to the broch entrance is trenched with remains of a flanking wall on the north-east side. A later footing occupies SW end of the ditch.
Revised at 1:10,000. Visited by OS (J M) 8 December 1978.

The site is included in the Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland online database. See link below for site entry. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NC 7264 5187 (70m by 70m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NC75SW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish FARR

Finds (1)

  • ARROWHEAD (Bronze Age - 2400 BC? to 551 BC?)

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