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Broch (Iron Age)(Possible)

Site Name Mail

Classification Broch (Iron Age)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Cunningsburgh

Canmore ID 941

Site Number HU42NW 8

NGR HU 4325 2779

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

HU42NW 8 4325 2779

(HU 4323 2779) Brough (OE)

(Undated) OS map annotation.

'Some years ago the occupier of the croft immediately opposite removed a number of stones from what he described, in 1934, as having been a circular foundation, subsequently replacing the turf by which they had been covered. His spoils included the upper half of a rotary quern and also a small conical stone object probably a chess-man (Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1924), the latter now in the National Museum.' The site can be reached dry-shod over a reef at low water. The grass-topped mass of rock is just large enough to accomodate a broch.

RCAHMS 1946, visited 1930 and 1934.

HU 4325 2781. There are no visible traces of a broch on this turf-covered rocky islet except for some vague traces of possible walling on the NE and NW sides.

Visited by OS (WDJ), 8 May 1968.


Publication Account (2002)

HU42 4 MAIL ('Broch of Mail')


Possible broch in Dunrossness on a tidal islet of rock. There are no traces of a broch now but circular foundations have been reported [2].

Sources: 1. OS card HU 42 NW 8: 2. RCAHMS 1946, vol. 3, no. 1187, 45.

E W MacKie 2002


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