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Yell, Cruness

Broch (Iron Age)(Possible), Enclosure (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Yell, Cruness

Classification Broch (Iron Age)(Possible), Enclosure (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 25

Site Number HP50NW 7

NGR HP 5245 0505

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

HP50NW 7 5245 0505.

(HP 5243 0505) Possible Broch. Visible on RAF air photographs, 106G/UK 98:3338-9 (flown 1946).

(Undated) information in NMRS.

Not a broch but the turf-covered footings of an oval enclosure set into a slope and measuring c.15.5m E-W by c.18.0m transversely overall. The walls are spread to c.3.0m and only in the W can the outer face be seen. Several earthfast stones protrude through the turf, two of which, set 0.9m apart on the S side, could be portal stones, but their position up the slope is an unlikely one for an entrance. Insufficient remains for the wall thickness or any internal features to be ascertained. There are traces of old field walls in the vicinity.

This enclosure cannot be dated, but it has some of the characteristics of a Neolithic/Bronze Age homestead.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (NKB) 8 May 1969.


Publication Account (2002)



Possible broch on Yell; no further information.

E W MacKie 2002


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