MHG1114 - Broch, Rinsary


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

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Broch (NR) OS 6" map, (1964)

'High above Berriedale Water on its N bank and about 1/4 ml W of Berriedale Church are the ruins of a broch. The structure much dilapidated and reduced to the lowest courses of masonry on the exterior. In one or two places the outer face of the wall, formed of very large stones, is exposed. The diameter over all is 54ft and the elevation to the top of the conical mound surmounting the ruins, 7 to 8ft. The posituon is flanked on the W by the side of a deep glen, and in front by the high, steep bank of the Berriedale valley.'
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

This site is generally as described above. The thickness of the broch wall and the internal diameter could not be determined due to the heavy mutilation of the site and the mass of rubble that has been piled up in the interior, to give a maximum height of 3.0m. The overall diameter of the broch has been 16.0m, as measured between the exposed wall faces.
A kiln (ND12SW 4.01) has been built into SW segment, and other structures of a depopulated settlement are adjacent to the site.
Visited by OS (J L D) 15 June 1960.

A broch as described above. Surveyed at 1:2500.
Visited by OS (R L) 7 March 1968.

No change. Visited by OS (J M) 24 November 1982.

4.01 1168 2333 Farmstead (possible); Kiln

RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Third report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Caithness, 18, No. 46 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

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Grid reference Centred ND 1167 2335 (70m by 70m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND12SW
Civil Parish LATHERON
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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