MHG162 - Broch, Achkeepster


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Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

ND15SE 11 1680 5158.
11.01: 168 515: Farmstead

(ND 1680 5158) Cairn (NR) (Site of) OS 6" map, (1960)

A mound - "a large Pictish house" - which was removed many years before 1871, the stones from the inside being used to build outhouses on neighbouring farm. Human remains and animal bones were found during the removal.
Object Name Book 1871 : 4:p 177

A slight grassy rise about 30m in diameter and 0.5m high marks the site. A few stones protruding in S arc show no intelligible pattern and the footings of a wall, probably later, curve round W side. The situation is suggestive of a broch rather than a cairn, although there is no certain evidence for this.
Visited by OS (I S S) 23 March 1972.

(ND 1680 5158) Broch (NR) (site of) OS 1:10,000 map, (1976)

The site is a turf-covered rise about 30m in diameter and 0.4m high. Footings of a wall abandoned in the 18th-19th century curve round the W side; in the S edge is a convex arc of coursed stone, 1.2m in length and 0.3m high, probably the remains of an old corn-drying kiln. The rise itself does not exhibit any characteristics other than tenuous indications of a central depression which could suggest the court of a broch, but overall the site is unclassifiable.
Visited by OS (J M) 10 February 1982.

ND15 7 ACHKEEPSTER (‘Balvedavist’)
ND/1680 5158
Site of a possible broch or 'Pictish house' in Halkirk, Caithness, consisting of the scanty remains of a mound which were removed many years before 1871 [1]. Human remains and animal bones were then found. No identifiable remains are visible.
Source: 1. NMRS site no. ND 15 SE 11. <1>

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Grid reference Centred ND 1679 5158 (70m by 70m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND15SE
Civil Parish WATTEN
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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