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Treasured Places

Event ID 567404

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Treasured Places


Situated on the NE coast of Shapinsay, the walls of the Iron Age broch at Burroughston still stand above first-floor level in places. Its entrance and adjacent 'guard' cell are similarly well preserved, while a wall, ditch and rampart, which probably once encircled the broch, are evident around the structure. These extra defences may have been constructed because of the broch's low-lying position in the landscape.

Information from RCAHMS (SC) 14 August 2007

Ritchie, A and Ritchie, G 1998

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