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Broch (Iron Age)(Possible)

Site Name Achunabust

Classification Broch (Iron Age)(Possible)

Canmore ID 7389

Site Number NC96SE 7

NGR NC 9943 6463

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Reay
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Caithness
  • Former County Caithness

Archaeology Notes

NC96SE 7 9943 6463.

(NC 9943 6463) Brough (NR)

OS 6"map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1907)

The ruins of this broch are covered by a grassy hillock 6ft high; the outline of the broch exposed at one or two points indicates an overall diameter of about 53ft. A chamber has been revealed on the W, and there appears to have been numerous outbuildings on this side.

RCAHMS 1911.

The much mutilated, grass-covered remains of a broch, measuring overall 30.0m in diameter and 0.2m high. The actual wall of the broch, fragments of which can be seen in the N and S, appears to have been 4.0 to 5.0m wide and the internal diameter 8.0 to 9.0m. In the SE there is the opening of a chamber measuring 1.4m by 1.0m. No trace of any outbuildings associated with the broch could be found. The grass-covered footings which can be seen to the S are of two comparatively modern rectangular buildings.

Resurveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (R D) 13 November 1964.

(NC 9943 6463) Broch (NR)

OS 6"map, (1963)

The remains of a broch surviving as a turf-covered mound 1.3m high which has been extensively quarried so that the broch shape is destroyed. The mural cell with its entrance to the broch interior survives. Immediately to the W of the broch are the footings of a recent rectangular building with an attached enclosure; disturbed ground around the broch may indicate associated outworks.

Visited by OS (N K B) 16 November 1981.


Publication Account (2007)

NC96 2 ACHUNABUST ('Brough') NC/9943 6463

Probable broch in Reay, Caithness, consisting of a grassy hillock 1.83m (6ft) high; the wallfaces are exposed in places and suggest an overall diameter of 30.0m and an internal one of 8.0 - 9.0m[1]. Traces of an intra-mural chamber, aligned east-west, can be seen on the south-east with a doorway to the interior.

Sources: 1. NMRS site no. NC 96 SE 7: 2. RCAHMS 1911a, 94-5, no. 351: 3. Mercer 1985, 158, no. 24.

E W MacKie 2007


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