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Knowe Of Stenso

Broch (Iron Age)(Possible)

Site Name Knowe Of Stenso

Classification Broch (Iron Age)(Possible)

Canmore ID 2161

Site Number HY32NE 11

NGR HY 36394 26747

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Evie And Rendall
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

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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Aerial Photography (1971)

Oblique aerial photographs of the remains of a possible broch at Knowe of Stenso, Orkney, photographed by John Dewar in 1971.

Publication Account (2002)

HY32 4 KNOWE OF STENSO

HY/36382675

Probable broch in Evie and Rendall, on the edge of the rocky coast; the site has been much disturbed but a length of 6.1 m (20 ft.) of the foundation course of the inner and outer wall faces are traceable on the N, indicating a wall thickness of c. 3.6 m (12 ft.). There are traces of what may be a mural gallery c. 30 cm (1 ft.) wide at one point on the wall head, and there are suggestions of outbuildings on the south side. A bone borer was found at the site [3].

Sources: 1. OS card HY 32 NE 11: 2. RCAHMS 1946, 2, no. 263, 74-5: 3. Proc Soc Antiq Scot 55 (1920-21), 275: Hedges et al. 1987, 61.

E W MacKie 2002

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