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Rhianrivach, Swiney; Rhianrivach, Broch 185m Nnw Of Achow

Broch (Iron Age)(Possible)

Site Name Rhianrivach, Swiney; Rhianrivach, Broch 185m Nnw Of Achow

Classification Broch (Iron Age)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Achow

Canmore ID 8630

Site Number ND23NW 3

NGR ND 2303 3617

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

ND23NW 3 2303 3617

(ND 2303 3617) Broch (NR) (remains of)

OS 1:10,000 map, (1976).

The remains of a broch, now represented by a grassy mound about 8ft high and 60ft in diameter. A slight mound encircles the broch at a short distance from its base, and beyond this, towards the W, there are indications of outbuildings.

RCAHMS 1911.

The remains of broch as described above. There are also vague traces of outbuildings between the broch and outer mound, on the W.

Resurveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (N K B), 11 May 1967.

No change to the previous field report.

Visited by OS (J M), 23 March 1983.


Publication Account (2007)

ND23 2 ACHOW (‘Rhianvarich’) ND/2303 3617

Possible broch consisting of a grassy mound c. 2.4m (8ft) high and 18m (60ft) in diameter. There are slight traces of a mound or bank encircling the broch mound a short distance from its base, and traces of outbuildings between the two features and on west.

Sources: 1. NMRS site no. ND 23 NW 3: 2. RCAHMS 1911b, 57, no. 208.

E W MacKie 2007

Watching Brief (16 April 2008)

ND 2303 3617 A watching brief was carried out on 16 April 2008 during excavations for a new water main at Achow. The work aimed to identify and record any evidence relating to the nearby SAM of Rhianrivach Broch. The trench was rerouted to avoid the broch and no archaeology was recorded.

Archive: HAS Office

Funder: Scottish Water Solutions

Brendan Malone (Highland Archaeology Services Ltd), 2008


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