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Archaeology Notes

Event ID 645160

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Archaeology Notes


HY32NE 11 36394 26747

(HY 3638 2675) Knowe of Stenso (NR)

OS 6" map, Orkney, 2nd ed.,(1900).

A broch of which no details are now ascertainable. The foundation- courses of the outer wall can be traced for about 20 ft on the north segment, indicating a wall-thickness of at least 12 ft. Traces of a gallery about 1 ft wide can be seen on the top of the mound and there are suggestions of extensive building on the south. A boring instrument of seal bone, 8 1/2 ins long, is in the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS). (PSAS 1921 Donations).

RCAHMS 1946.

The Knowe of Stenso is a turf-covered broch, as described by the Commission, surviving to a height of 4.0m. There are no surveyable remains of the outbuildings.

Resurveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (NKB) 9 June 1967.

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