MHG39817 - Possible Water Tank or Cist, Brounaban


Possible water tank or cist located within Bronze Age-Iron Age burnt mound.

Type and Period (2)

  • WATER TANK (Undated)
  • (Alternate Type) CIST (Bronze Age - 2400 BC? to 551 BC?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

This mound was not located. Visited by OS (R L) 19 April 1967.

A burnt mound, near Brounaben broch (ND34SW 33), was opened by Anderson about 1871.
It measured 20-30ft diameter and up to 4ft in height, and was composed of burnt and broken stones, 2-3ins across, covering layers of evenly-laid flat stones. The interstices were filled with unctuous black mould. Finds included charcoal, cinders, vitrified stones, and bits of bone, burnt and unburnt, and in the centre was found a possible short cist (Anderson 1873) or a fire-box or water-tank (Calder 1966).
J Anderson 1873; C S T Calder 1965.

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Grid reference Centred ND 3230 4339 (6m by 6m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND34SW
Civil Parish WICK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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