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Gunn's Hillock, East Clyth

Broch (Iron Age)(Possible)

Site Name Gunn's Hillock, East Clyth

Classification Broch (Iron Age)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) The Burnt Ha

Canmore ID 8938

Site Number ND33NW 2

NGR ND 3029 3904

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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

Archaeology Notes

ND33NW 2 3029 3904

(ND 3029 3904) Broch (NR) (site of)

OS 6" map, (1971)

The remains of a broch known as "Gunn's Hillock" or "The Burnt Ha!", now represented by a mound. Since it has to some extent been broken into and cottages have been erected on top of it, there are no measureable details. A vessel of rough sandstone 9 1/2 ins long by 6 1/4 ins broad by 4 3/4 ins deep, with an oval cavity 5 5/8 ins long by 4 1/4 ins broad and 3 3/8 ins deep, flat at the bottom, from this site was donated to the National Musuem of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS) by A O Curle in 1911 (Accession no: GA 957).

Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1911; RCAHMS 1911.

An amorphous grassy mound, heavily mutilated by later building, as described by the RCAHMS. The only evidence to suggest a broch is its size and topographic position. No name is known locally.

Resurveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (N K B), 10 May 1967.


Publication Account (2007)

ND33 3 GUNN'S HILLOCK 2 ('The Burnt Ha' ')

ND/3029 3904

Possible broch in Latheron, Caithness, consisting of an amorphous, grassy mound heavily mutilated by the later building of cottages. A rough sandstone vessel was found at the site and donated to the National Museum (GA 957) [2].

Sources: 1. NMRS site no. ND 33 NW 2: 2. Proc Soc Antiq Scot 45 (1910-11), 220 (donations): 3. RCAHMS 1911b, 52, no. 194.

E W MacKie 2007


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