MHG12605 - Broch, Rhitongue


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Type and Period (1)

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

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  • None recorded

Full Description

(NC 6036 5977) Dun (NR) OS 6"map, (1962)

On the summit of a hill in a reasonably defensive position is a turf-covered stony mound previously classified by RCAHMS (1911) and OS (JLD) as a broch, and by OS (RL) as a dun. It measures about 18m in diameter and 2m high, and contains a depression in the centre with a gap leading into it from the SW side. The content, protruding through the turf and exposed in recent disturbances, comprises small stones (of the type suitable for wall infill) and some larger blocks, though none of the latter can be stated with certainty to be in situ. The footings of a late stone dyke cross the site.
The remains are undoubtedly those of a defensive structure. The shape of the mound and the amount of debris remaining indicate a broch rather than a dun, which has been severely robbed of those stones suitable for building purposes.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909; Visited by OS (JLD) 22 April 1960, (RL) 15 July 1971 and (JB) 31 August 1978.

NC/6036 5977
Possible broch in Tongue, Sutherland, consisting of a turf-covered, stony mound on the summit of a hill in a reasonably defensive position. It measured about 18.0min diameter and 2.0m high and has a depression in the centre with a gap leading into it from the south-west side [1].
Sources: 1. NMRS site no. NC 65 NW 1: 2. RCAHMS 1911a, 184, no. 530. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NC 6035 5977 (70m by 70m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC65NW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish TONGUE

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