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Broch (Iron Age)(Possible)

Site Name Gills

Classification Broch (Iron Age)(Possible)

Canmore ID 9414

Site Number ND37SW 3

NGR ND 3204 7238

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

ND37SW 3 3204 7238.

Broch, Gills: About half a mile S of the road from Mey to Canisbay church, and 100 yds E of the road through the township of Gills, is a low mound under cultivation, which is evidently the site of a broch. It has been much quarried for stones. A rotary quern was found in it, RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

The site of this probable broch is at ND 3204 7238, in the S margin of a field. It is a ploughed-over, grass-covered mound measuring 30.0m N-S by 22.0m transversely and 0.7m high. The mound is similar to authenticated sites of brochs.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (J M) 7 July 1982.

Cup marked stone from this site reported at Nybster. (Inv.No.576)


Publication Account (2007)

ND37 2 GILLS ND/3204 7238

Possible broch in Canisbay, Caithness, consisting of a ploughed-over mound in a field measuring about 30m by 22m and 0.7m high; it had been quarried for stones and a rotary quern was found in it [2].

Sources: 1. NMRS site no. ND 37 SW 3: 2. RCAHMS 1911b, 20, no. 53.

E W MacKie 2007


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