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Hawks Ness, Breiwick

Broch (Iron Age)

Site Name Hawks Ness, Breiwick

Classification Broch (Iron Age)

Canmore ID 1016

Site Number HU44NE 3

NGR HU 4612 4892

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

HU44NE 3 4612 4892

(HU 4612 4896) Brough (OE) (Site of)

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

A conical mound rising steeply to a height of more than 18' and marking the site of a broch of which the only visible structural remains are a single course of masonry, sufficient however to demonstrate and overall diameter of 55ft. There appears to have been a narrow opening in the wall towards the NE.

Many stones have apparently been removed from the broch and utilised for building the adjacent dykes and sheepfolds.

RCAHMS 1946, visited 1930.

Remains of a broch generally as described by RCAHMS. The interior is a mass of debris.

Visited by OS (RL), 3 May 1968.


Publication Account (2002)

HU44 2 HAWK'S NESS HU/461490

A possible broch in Tingwall, a steep conical mound some 5.49(18 ft.) high situated on a rocky knoll close to the edge of the cliffs. A single course of masonry can be seen, indicating a circular building some 16.78 m (55 ft.) in diameter. There may be a narrow opening towards the north-east.

Sources: 1. OS card HU 44 NE 3: 2. RCAHMS 1946, vol. 3, no. 1500, 120.

E W MacKie 2002


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