MHG636 - Broch, 600m W of North Calder


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

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Amended schedule 25/11/2004 - HAW 11/2004

ND16SW 10 1035 6160.
Mound (NR) OS 6", Caithness, 2nd ed.(1907)

On summit of a grassy hillock stood a broch. The hillock seems to some extent to be artificial; it has a diameter overall of about 146ft and is some 10-12ft high. No part of the structure is visible, but the portion of the mound which seems to have contained the tower measures some 70ft in diameter.

Classified as a broch. A Graham 1949

The grass-covered mound, which measures 46m diameter and 4m in height appears to be remains of a broch although there is no definite proof of this, apart from its overall size and a slight depression in the top, 11m in diameter. In N, a considerable section of mound has been removed.
Resurveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (R D) 16 February 1965

(ND 1035 6160) Broch (NR) (remains of) OS 6" map, (1970)

There seems little doubt that this is a broch displaying the 'mound-on-mound' effect common to Caithness, although the profile has been smoothed, the mound spread and then truncated by ploughing. The broch-mound is about 19m in diameter and 1m high with an undulating depression, 0.3m deep, in the centre. No wall faces are exposed, and pieces of friable slab are visible protruding through the mound here and there. The larger mound is as desribed by previous field investigator.
Visited by OS (N K B) 15 February 1982

'Broch'. Dimensions: 40 x 35m. Oval grass-covered mound 3.5m high, with no evidence of coursing. Orientation NE-SW.
R J Mercer, NMRS MS/828/19, 1995

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Grid reference Centred ND 1035 6159 (70m by 70m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND16SW
Civil Parish HALKIRK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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