MHG1946 - Broch, Watenan South


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

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Broch (NR) OS 1:10,000 map, (1976)

A small fort, dimensions of which (but for absence of debris) would suggest a broch, is situated on crest of a rocky ridge. It comprises a circular area, 27ft diameter, within a wall some 12ft thick and 3-4ft high, possibly entered from SE, and is set eccentrically within another wall some 12-18ft thick which surrounds it at varying distances up to 30ft.
'From E end of N front a bank or wall apparently connects the two lines of circumvallation. At N extremity the outer wall presents a scarp about 10ft in height, with a shallow ditch some 10ft in width at the base of it. On S this wall is less prominent... the ditch is visible at this end also.
RCAHMS 1911.

The turf-covered remains of a broch (not a fort as claimed above) within an outer defensive work, as described by RCAHMS.
One course of heavy stone walling protrudes through turf in S of the broch for a short distance, and a slight depression around the top of the rampart, together with a more lush growth of turf, indicates a mural passage. The entrance through outer defences is in SW. The absence of debris is probably due to later robbing.
Resurveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 27 April 1967.

The site was visited and photographed by C Jones in April 2011. <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, 164, No. 526 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

<1> Headland Archaeology, 2012, Beatrice offshore Wind farm: Environmental Statement (Text/Report/Environmental Statement). SHG26489.

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Grid reference Centred ND 3171 4114 (70m by 70m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND34SW
Civil Parish WICK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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