Ness Of Burgi


Site Name Ness Of Burgi

Classification Fort

Canmore ID 515

Site Number HU30NE 2

NGR HU 3878 0839

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Shetland Islands
  • Parish Dunrossness
  • Former Region Shetland Islands Area
  • Former District Shetland
  • Former County Shetland

Archaeology Notes

HU30NE 2 3878 0839.

(HU 3878 0839) Brough (NR)

OS 6" map, Shetland, 2nd ed., (1903).

A gatehouse fort, probably datable to about 100 BC, isolated by a rampart, with a ditch on either side, cutting across the neck of the peninsula on which it stands.

The site was excavated by Miss C L Mowbray in 1935.

C L Mowbray 1936; RCAHMS 1946, visited 1930; E W MacKie 1965; R G Lamb 1980.

A gatehouse fort as described and planned by RCAHMS. At HU 3877 0855, the spread remains of a stone wall, now evident as a low turf covered bank, cuts off the whole promontory, and may possibly be associated with the 'fort'.

Visited by OS(RL) 2 May 1968.

In 1983, a single cutting was made through the enclosure bank at a point at its N end where it was being actively eroded by the sea, to record its structure and recover dating evidence. No artefacts were found.

S Carter, R McCullagh and A MacSween 1995.



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