MHG1328 - Broch, Achies
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Type and Period (1)
- BROCH (Iron Age - 550 BC to 560 AD)
(ND 1364 5506) Mound (NR) OS 6" map, (1970)
This grass-covered hillock has a diameter of 90ft N-S by 80ft transversely. A considerable part of the mound has been removed from the E side. Its greatest elevation is about 8ft. The exposed building and depressions on the summit suggest that this is a broch (RCAHMS 1911). Uncertain broch (Graham 1949).
RCAHMS 1911; A Graham 1949
The grass-covered remains of this mound have been further disfigured and mutilated by a track on S and by ploughing along other sides so that it is now almost a square of 28m sides. No signs of building or walling were in evidence but it is suggestive of a cairn.
Resurveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (R D) 16 February 1965
This mound is generally as described by the previous authorities. Although severely reduced on the S, it appears to be similar to the broch remains recorded on ND15NW 1 and 13.
Visited by OS (J B) 24 December 1981
Mound. Diameter: 30m. Grass-covered circular mound 3m high, truncated on the S side.
R J Mercer, NMRS MS/828/19, 1995
ND15 3 ACHIES 1 (‘Achies’)
Possible broch in Halkirk, Caithness, consisting of a mutilated grass-covered hillock 2.4m (8ft) high in which no clear structural remains are visible. It appears to be in the 'mound on mound' category . The plan  shows little.
Sources: 1. NMRS site no. ND 15 NW 15: 2. RCAHMS 1911b, 31, no. 97: 3. Swanson (ms) 1985, 650-51 and plan. <1>
- --- Image/Photograph(s): AP : Cairn, Halkirk.. Colour Slide; Digital Image. .
- --- Text/Publication/Article: Graham, A. 1949. 'Some observations on the brochs', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 81 1946-7, p.48-99. Proc Soc Antiq Scot. 48-99. 96.
- --- Text/Report: 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. . 31, No. 97.
- <1> Text/Publication/Monograph: Mackie, E.. 2007. The Roundhouses, Brochs and Wheelhouses of Atlantic Scotland c.700 BC - AD 500: Architecture and material culture Part 2 (I & II) The Northern and Southern Mainland and the Western Islands. BAR British Series. 444. Paperback. ND15 3 ACHIES 1.
|Grid reference||Centred ND 1363 5505 (70m by 70m) (Buffered by site type)|
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External Links (2)
- http://portal.historicenvironment.scot/designation/SM509 (Online designation description (Historic Environment Scotland))
- https://canmore.org.uk/site/8305 (View RCAHMS Canmore entry for this site)
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