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Bruan

Broch (Iron Age)(Possible)

Site Name Bruan

Classification Broch (Iron Age)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Lat 218; Brouan 1

Canmore ID 8934

Site Number ND33NW 1

NGR ND 3102 3949

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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

Archaeology Notes

ND33NW 1 3102 3949

(ND 3102 3949) Broch (NR) (remains of)

OS 6" map, (1971)

A robbed broch represented by a turf-covered stony mound about 10ft high and 50ft in diameter, surrounded at a distance of about 31ft, by a wall about 4 1/2ft high which stands on the inner lip of a ditch about 28ft broad and 3 1/2ft deep from the top of the counterscarp. Except on the W, the ditch has been almost destroyed by cultivation.

RCAHMS 1911; R W Feachem 1963.

A broch, as described. The outer wall-face is visible in the S arc as a single, disconnected course of heavy stone. Ground disturbance and protruding upright slabs in the berm to the W of the broch indicate the presence of outbuildings. No name is known locally.

Resurveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (N K B), 3 May 1967.

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Project (1980 - 1982)

Publication Account (2007)

ND33 1 BROUAN 1 (‘Bruan 1’)

ND/3102 3949

Possible broch in Latheron, Caithness, consisting of a conspicuous turf-covered, stony mound about 3.05m (10ft) high and 4.58m (50ft) in diameter (Illus. 7.079); the outer wall could be seen in the south arc as a single, disconnected course of heavy stones [1]. The broch mound appears to be sitting on a platform some 42m in diameter with a number of orthostats visible on its outer edge [4]. This has been surrounded by a ditch and a counterscarp bank which survive on north-west and north-east sides [4].

Sources: 1. NMRS site no. ND 33 NW 1: 2. RCAHMS 1911b, 52, no. 193: 3. Feachem 1963, 164: 4. Mercer 1985, no. WAR 113 and fig. 60.

E W MacKie 2007

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