MHG2037 - Broch, Hempriggs House Lodge


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

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Broch (NR) (rems of) OS 6" map, (1970)

Broch, Hempriggs: A grassy mound some 10ft high which has been partially removed on E side covers the remains of this broch, no details of which are obtainable other than that its diameter has been about 56ft over all.
RCAHMS 1911.

A much mutilated mound of earth and stone about 2.1m high and 18m diameter. The mound has been dug into on S side revealing much loose stone, but no traces of any walling. On SE perimeter another excavation has revealed what is possibly the footings of the outer wall of a broch, but further excavation is required to substantiate this. Although the area is much mutilated and disturbed, this is probably remains of a broch, surrounded by a berm some 12m wide.
Revised at 1:2500. Visited by OS (W D J) 21 April 1963.

The broch is as described. It follows typical Caithness broch pattern of 'mound on mound'. The lower mound, presumably covering secondary structures, is from S about 1.5m high and 42m across; mound representing the broch is an additional 1.5m high.
Visited by OS (J B) 2 September 1982.

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, 146, No. 504 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

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Grid reference Centred ND 3513 4717 (76m by 77m)
Map sheet ND34NE
Civil Parish WICK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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