MHG1508 - Broch, Langwell Tulloch


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

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On S side of road up Langwell Water and some 200 yds W of the wall which divides the woodlands from the moor beyond the garden, are the very confused remains of a construction. Much stone has been removed from it, and its original character is not apparent. It is known as 'Langwell Tulloch'.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

Langwell Tulloch (NAT) Broch (NR) OS 6" map, (1964)

The mutilated remains of a broch, now a shapeless mass of rubble measuring approximately 28 by 32m. Part of the face of the outer wall of the broch is visible on S side and a wall, probably later, forming an outer enclosure or annexe, encloses the broch on the W, S and E.
Visited by OS (W D J) 15 June 1960.

This broch is generally as described by the previous OS field investigator. Although it has been extensively robbed, the common Caithness 'mound on mound' profile is evident. The broch mound measures approximately 16m NE-SW by 14.5m and is 1.5m high.
Visited by OS (J B) 3 September 1982.

This broch was visited by Headland Archaeology in the course of a pre-afforestation survey (NMRS MS 899/15, no.16). A large stone and turf enclosure, extending N from the outer broch enclosure was recorded in addition to the broch remains previously noted by RCAHMS (1911).
C Moloney and L Baker (Headland Archaeology) 13 July 1998; NMRS MS 899/93, no.17

ND02 1 LANGWELL TULLOCH ('Langwell Water 1')
ND/0974 2231
A probable broch in Latheron, Caithness, in the valley of the Langwell Water, and now a much-mutilated mass of rubble; part of the curved outer face of the wall is visible on the south [1]. The remains of the structure appear to be sited on an artificial mound [1]. A large stone- and-turf enclosure next to the broch was recorded later [3].
Sources: 1. NMRS site no. ND 02 SE 10: 2. RCAHMS 1911a, 83, no. 301: 3. Moloney and Baker 1998, 56-7.

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Grid reference Centred ND 0973 2231 (70m by 70m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND02SE
Civil Parish LATHERON
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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