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Yell, Fillacomb Point

Broch (Iron Age)

Site Name Yell, Fillacomb Point

Classification Broch (Iron Age)

Alternative Name(s) Breiwick

Canmore ID 22

Site Number HP50NW 3

NGR HP 5312 0531

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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

Archaeology Notes

HP50NW 3 5312 0531.

(HP 5312 0532) Brough (NR) (Site of).

OS 6" map, Shetland, (1900).

'Some stones and rubbish overgrown with grass, situated on a conspicuous elevation on the brink of a precipice. It is said that the greatest portion of the building has fallen over the cliff.'

Name Book 1878

The OS designation may be accepted.

RCAHMS 1946

Apart from very slight traces of walling in the cliff face, this broch has gone.

Visited by OS (RL) 10 May 1969

Field survey and excavation, as a response to continual wind and marine erosion, was carried out at the Sands of Breckon between 1982 and 1983 (HP50NW 1.01 & HP50NW 11.01). The field survey area was over 20ha in extent, and 42 sites of archaeological interest were recognised. The field survey found no evidence to suggest the site is a broch, and interprets the site as a stone spread.

Historic Scotland Archive Project (SW) 2002.

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Publication Account (2002)

HP50 1 BREIWICK ('Fillacomb Point')

HP/531053

The site of this possible broch on Yell consists of "some stones and rubbish overgrown with grass, situated on a conspicuous elevation on the brink of a precipice. It is said that the greatest portion of the building has fallen over the cliff" [1]. A 1969 report states that the broch has disappeared [1].

Sources: 1. OS card HP50 NW 3, with sketch plan: 2. RCAHMS 1946, vol. 3, no. 1744.

E W MacKie 2002

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