MHG39762 - Burial, Achies


Human remains found in broch during mid C19 excavation.

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  • BURIAL (Undated)

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'Broch', Achies East. Diameter: 44m. Circular grass-covered mound, with a circular depression 10 m diameter on its summit.
R J Mercer, NMRS MS/828/19, 1995

The remains of broch, presumably contained by other structures now covered by lower mound, are as described above.
Visited by OS (J B) 24 December 1981

(ND 1400 5565) Broch (NR) (remains of) OS 6" map, (1970)

Although there is no trace of walling, there is no doubt that this feature, as described above, contains remains of a broch.
Resurveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (R D) 25 February 1965

The remains of a broch are evidenced by a large grassy mound measuring c150ft in diameter and 12-14ft high. Above a steep scarp, which is some 6-8ft above field level, a terrace 12-20ft broad encircles mound leaving an elevated area in middle of about 78ft diameter. On summit of this is a circular depression about 28ft diameter and 5ft deep. The mound has been dug into from SE (RCAHMS 1911). When opened in 1850, human remains were found (ONB 1872). Broch (Graham 1949).
Name Book 1911; RCAHMS 1911; A Graham 1949

OS 6" map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1907)

Cairn (NR) Human Remains found AD. 1850 (NAT)

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Grid reference Centred ND 1400 5564 (6m by 6m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND15NW
Civil Parish HALKIRK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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