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Vn25 North Vatersay

Broch (Iron Age)

Site Name Vn25 North Vatersay

Classification Broch (Iron Age)

Canmore ID 335848

Site Number NL69NW 165

NGR NL 62706 97284

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish Barra
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Inverness-shire

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VN25 (NL627972) Heavily embedded and incomplete oval stone structure 9 x 7.5 m internally, with wall 1.9 m wide; overall dimensions 13.8 x 11.3 m. The largest blocks of stone in situ measure between 1.5 and 2 m in length. On the west side there is a pile of discarded or unused blocks that included further stone of similar size. Nowhere is the structure above foundation level, and even this is only well preserved in the south-west quadrant. This is clearly the remains of a monumental structure of considerable interest and we discuss it further in Chapter 10 (Fig 1-.8). We identify this structure as an unfinished 'broch'.

Brannigan and Foster 2000, 42

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