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Bressay, Cullingsburgh

Broch (Iron Age)

Site Name Bressay, Cullingsburgh

Classification Broch (Iron Age)

Canmore ID 1288

Site Number HU54SW 6

NGR HU 5210 4231

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

HU54SW 6 5210 4231.

( HU 521 424 ) Brough (NR)

OS 6" map, Shetland, 2nd ed., (1902).

'A high mound of stones, formerly a Brough'.

Name Book 1878.

Broch (probable) - 'The position of the ...broch... is indicated by a rough stony knoll, 12ft high, at the NW corner of the graveyard. No remains of walling are now visible, but some typical broch-relics, such as hammer-stones and a whetstone, were picked up on the site at the time of visit'.

RCAHMS 1946. Visited 1930.

At HU 5208 4231 are the tumbled remains of a broch, greatly mutilated by the building of dry-stone dykes, as described by the RCAHMS.

Visited by OS (NKB) 16 May 1968.


Publication Account (2002)


Possible broch on Bressay I., consisting of a rough, stony knoll 3.66 m (12 ft.) high at the north-west corner of the graveyard. No traces of walling are now visible. Possibly Iron Age artefacts, like hammer stones and a whetstones, were recovered from the site [2].

Sources: 1. OS card HU 54 SW 6: 2. RCAHMS 1946, vol. 3, no. 1086, 4.

E W MacKie 2002


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