MHG12837 - Broch, Alltbreck


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Type and Period (1)

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

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Full Description

NC51SE 2 5911 1035.
Broch (NR) OS 1:10,000 map (1970)

The dilapidated remains of broch situated on knoll which appears to have been artifically levelled to take it. A hollow-way through NE scarp may have formed an approach. The broch measured 9.5m in diameter within a wall 3.9m thick with an entrance 0.9m wide in SE. There is a guard-chamber on each side of entrance passage and four other mural chambers, one of which, to west of the entrance appeared, in 1909, to be the staircase gallery. The chambers and entrance are still visible but are almost filled with collapsed walling. The outer wall-face stands to a maximum height of 1.2m. Debris fills the interior to a depth of about 2m. Abutting the broch on the NW is the foundation of a D-shaped enclosure built of broch material. To the east of the broch is the foundation of a large oval scooped enclosure 18m by 10m. Both enclosures are probably associated with the depopulation area of Altbreck (NC51SE 29).
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909; Visited by OS (EGC) 26 June 1963

The broch is as described. It is in a clearing surrounded by afforestation and thick vegetation.
revised at 1:10 000 Visited by OS (JB) 23 August 1976

As previously described in 1963, with a few minor amendments. The broch has measured 10m in diameter within a wall 3.8-4m in width with an entrance 1.2-1.3m wide. The entrances to only three intra-mural chambers (excluding guard cells) were noted.
Surveyed at 1:125 Visited by RCAHMS (SMF) 18 October 1989.

A management plan for the monument was produced by Forest Enterprise in 2000. <1>

New information about this site was gathered during a walkover survey by Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services that took place between November 2010 and January 2011. Please see the linked report for full details. <2> <3>

Topographic and laser scanning surveys were undertaken by AOC Archaeology Group in 2013 at the site, for the purposes of conservation management on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland. <4>

RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Second report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Sutherland, 137, No, 395 (Text/Report). SHG2657.

<1> Leslie, C., 2000, Scheduled Ancient Monument Management Plan: Altbreck broch 1650m ESE of Dalchork Bridge (Text/Report/Management Plan). SHG26968.

<2> Peteranna, M, 02/2011, Archaeological survey of Dalchork Forest, Lairg, Sutherland: Archaeological Walkover Survey, Site 14 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG25613.

<3> Peteranna, M, 02/2011, Archaeological survey of Dalchork Forest, Lairg, Sutherland: Archaeological Walkover Survey, Site 14 (Collection/Project Archive). SHG25614.

<4> Cavers, G., Hudson, G. & Barber, J., 2013, Altbreck Broch, Darchork: Archaeological Survey Report (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG26608.

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Grid reference Centred NC 5910 1035 (19m by 19m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NC51SE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish LAIRG

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