MHG1265 - Broch, Balantrath


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

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Broch (NR) OS 6" map, (1962)

Situated on a rock on left bank of the Dunbeath Water, just opposite the debouchment of the Achorn Burn, are the ruins of a broch. As far as can be ascertained, the diameter over all has been some 60ft. The greatest elevation, which is on the side distant from the river, is 9 or 10ft. On this side a trench appears to have been cut, isolating the portion of the rock on which the broch stands from the bank in rear of it.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910. <1>

All that remains of this broch is a large mound of earth and stone situated on edge of a short vertical cliff. The mound measures approx 23m NW-SE by 15m transversely and is some 3m high; a low mound of earth & stone (0.4m high) protrudes SW from broch mound for a distance of about 10m. There is a considerable amount of loose stone on top of the mound, and a stretch of outer wall of the broch, about 2m long and 0.8m high, is exposed. Traces of the ditch can be seen on NE and SE sides.
Visited by OS (W D J) 27 June 1960.

As described above. Surveyed at 1:2500.
Visited by OS (R L) 14 March 1968.

The remains of a broch are generally as described by the previous authorities except that there is little loose stone now to be seen. The protruding mound noted on SW is side of an old quarry hollow. Visited by OS (J M) 26 August 1982.

Morrison A, 1985, Dunbeath Survey-1984-1985 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG20974.

<1> 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, 58, No. 213 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

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Grid reference Centred ND 1439 3072 (70m by 70m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND13SW
Civil Parish LATHERON
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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