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Broch (Iron Age)(Possible)

Site Name Dalsetter

Classification Broch (Iron Age)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Boddam; Stack Of The Brough

Canmore ID 899

Site Number HU41NW 1

NGR HU 4075 1567

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Shetland Islands
  • Parish Dunrossness
  • Former Region Shetland Islands Area
  • Former District Shetland
  • Former County Shetland

Archaeology Notes

HU41NW 1.00 4075 1567

(HU 4075 1567) Brough (OE)

OS 6" map, Shetland, 2nd ed.,(1903).

HU41NW 1.01 4074 1571 Farmstead; Head-dyke

A broch, almost entirely demolished, the site being remarkable for its surrounding defences, as well as for the extent of the area occupied by associated outbuildings. The defences, now best defined on the east, consist of two concentric ramparts separated by a wide ditch and, respectively, 26' and 53' distant from the broch. They are composed mainly of earth, and rise 4'6" to 5' above the bottom of the ditch. The outer one measures from 12' to 15' wide at the base, but the base of the inner one is obscured on the inside by debris from the broch, much of which has been robbed for sheepfolds. Two wells lie just outside the defences.

RCAHMS 1946, visited 1930.

A broch generally as described by RCAHMS. Traces of outbuildings surrounding the broch are too amorphous for survey action. One of the wells lies to the N but the other could not be located.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (RL) 18th May 1968.


Aerial Photography (October 1971)

Oblique aerial photographs of Dalsetter, Shetland, by Mr John Dewar in 1971.

Aerial Photography (October 1973)

Oblique aerial photographs of the remains of the broch at Dalsetter, Shetland, by Mr John Dewar in 1973.

Publication Account (2002)

HU41 3 DALSETTER ('Broch of Dalsetter')


Probable broch in Dunrossness, 50m from a precipitous cliff at the north side of the Voe. Only a short length of the outer wall face is visible on the south. The outer defences are extensive and well preserved, consisting of two concentric ramparts separated by a wide ditch and, respectively, 26 ft. and 53 ft. distant from the broch [1, plan: 2, fig. 278]. They are made mainly of earth and rise from 4.5 - 5.0 ft. above the bottom of the ditch; the basal width of the outer one is 12-15 ft.. Amorphous traces of many outbuildings can be seen and there are two wells just outside the outer rampart.

Sources: 1. OS card HU 41 NW 1 (inc. sketch plan): 2. RCAHMS 1946, vol. 3, no. 1146, 26-7 and pls. 478-9 (plates).

E W MacKie 2002


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