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Archaeology Notes

Event ID 653780

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Archaeology Notes


ND15NW 13 1400 5565.

(ND 1400 5565) Cairn (NR) Human Remains found AD. 1850 (NAT)

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

The remains of a broch are evidenced by a large grassy mound measuring about 150ft in diameter and 12 to 14ft high. Above a steep scarp, which is some 6 to 8ft above field level, a terrace 12 to 20ft broad encircles the mound leaving an elevated area in the middle of about 78ft diameter. On the summit of this is a circular depression about 28ft in diameter and 5ft deep. The mound has been dug into from the SE (RCAHMS 1911). When opened in 1850, human remains were found (ONB 1872). Broch (Graham 1949).

Ordnance Survey Name Book (ONB) 1911; RCAHMS 1911; A Graham 1949

Although there is no trace of walling, there is no doubt that this feature, as described above, contains the remains of a broch.

Resurveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (R D) 25 February 1965

(ND 1400 5565) Broch (NR) (remains of)

OS 6" map, (1970)

The remains of the broch, presumably contained by other structures now covered by the lower mound, are as described above.

Visited by OS (J B) 24 December 1981

'Broch', Achies East. Diameter: 44m. Circular grass-covered mound, with a circular depression 10 m diameter on its summit.

R J Mercer, NMRS MS/828/19, 1995

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