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Thing's Va

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

Site Name Thing's Va

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

Alternative Name(s) Scrabster; Thing's Va 2

Canmore ID 7788

Site Number ND06NE 2

NGR ND 0818 6822

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

ND06NE 2 0818 6822.

(ND 0818 6822) Brough (NR)

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

This low grassy mound, about 70ft in over all diameter and 6ft in height, has the appearance of a broch. It has been quarried into from the N side.

RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

This feature, which lies close to Thing's Va (ND06NE 1) is the grass-covered remains of a round cairn 24.0m in diameter by 2.0m in maximum height. It has been dug into in the S side and the spoil now forms a mound just S of the cairn. A stone on the S edge may be a kerb stone.

Resurveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (R D) 16 February 1965.

(ND 0818 6822) Cairn (NR)

OS 6"map, (1969)

No change to the previous field report.

Revised at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (N K B) 24 August 1981.

A cairn comprising a sub-circular grass-covered mound, 20m N-S by 12m by 1.5m high, with stones visible.

R J Mercer 1981.

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Publication Account (2007)

ND06 8 SCRABSTER ('Thing's Va 2') ND/0818 6822

Cairn (or possible broch) in Thurso, Caithness, consisting of a low grassy mound about 2m high and 20m in diameter. It has been quarried on the north side. The mound has been diagnosed as a cairn in 1965 [1] and also more recently [3].

Sources: 1. NMRS site no. ND 06 NE 2: 2. RCAHMS 1911a, 119, no. 433: 3. Mercer 1981, 150, no. 462.

E W MacKie 2007

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