MHG714 - Broch, Achunabust


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

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

The ruins of this broch are covered by a grassy hillock 6ft high; the outline of the broch exposed at one or two points indicates an overall diameter of about 53ft. A chamber has been revealed on W, and there appears to have been numerous outbuildings on this side.
RCAHMS 1911.

(NC 9943 6463) Broch (NR) OS 6"map, (1963)

The much mutilated, grass-covered remains of a broch, measuring overall 30m in diameter and 0.2m high. The actual wall of the broch, fragments of which can be seen in N and S, appears to have been 4-5.m wide and the internal diameter 8-9m. In the SE there is the opening of a chamber measuring 1.4m by 1m. No trace of any outbuildings associated with the broch could be found. The grass-covered footings which can be seen to the S are of two comparatively modern rectangular buildings.
Resurveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (R D) 13 November 1964.

The remains of a broch surviving as a turf-covered mound 1.3m high which has been extensively quarried so that the broch shape is destroyed. The mural cell with its entrance to the broch interior survives. Immediately to the W of the broch are the footings of a recent rectangular building with an attached enclosure; disturbed ground around the broch may indicate associated outworks.
Visited by OS (N K B) 16 November 1981.

NC96 2 ACHUNABUST ('Brough') NC/9943 6463
Probable broch in Reay, Caithness, consisting of a grassy hillock 1.83m (6ft) high; the wallfaces are exposed in places and suggest an overall diameter of 30.0m and an internal one of 8.0 - 9.0m[1]. Traces of an intra-mural chamber, aligned east-west, can be seen on the south-east with a doorway to the interior.
Sources: 1. NMRS site no. NC 96 SE 7: 2. RCAHMS 1911a, 94-5, no. 351: 3. Mercer 1985, 158, no. 24. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NC 9943 6462 (70m by 70m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC96SE
Civil Parish REAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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