MHG2306 - Broch, Gearsay Cairn

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

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ND25NE 2 2726 5819
Gearsay Cairn (NR) OS 1:10,000 map, (1975)

Broch, Gearsay: A grass-covered mound, probably a broch, is surmounted by a small modern cairn. Its extent is indefinite, its greatest height 6ft, and the E side has been considerably robbed.
RCAHMS 1911

Gearsay Cairn, a grass-covered mound measuring 20m N-S by 18m transversely, and 1.6m high, is situated on a low knoll. There are no indications that it was a broch. The slopes are littered with debris from the cairn which surmounted the mound.
Revised at 1:2500. Visited by OS (R D L) 23 April 1963

Gearsay Cairn is generally as described by previous field investigator. Robbing and cultivation have obscured line between the artificial mound and natural knoll on which it is sited. The mound is too indistinct for certain classification but it is probably remains of a broch.
Visited by OS (J B) 18 March 1982

Broch, 'Gearsay Cairn'. Dimensions: 57 x 47m. Subcircular mound 2.5m high truncated on the E side by ploughing. It possesses a 'mound on the mound' feature, the central mound measuring 18 x 15m.
R J Mercer, NMRS MS/828/19, 1995


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, 131, No. 472 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

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Location

Grid reference Centred ND 2726 5819 (70m by 70m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND25NE
Civil Parish WATTEN
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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