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South Walls, Burrowstown

Broch (Iron Age)(Possible), Settlement (Period Unassigned)

Site Name South Walls, Burrowstown

Classification Broch (Iron Age)(Possible), Settlement (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) South Waas

Canmore ID 9430

Site Number ND38NW 10

NGR ND 3331 8983

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Walls And Flotta
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

ND38NW 10 3331 8983

(Area: ND 332 898) A broch is listed (G Petrie 1890) as standing on cultivated land not far to the NE of the farmhouse of Burrowstown (ND 330 897) but no remains of any structure can now be seen.


Although there is no local knowledge of a broch in the area, at ND 3331 8983 there is an amorphous area of disturbed ground, in the corner of a field and unploughable because of a high stone content. It is impossible to classify but it may be the site of a broch.

Visited by OS (NKB) 17 June 1967

Although Petrie's list includes a broch site on cultivated land NE of Burrowstown, the traces at this, the likely location, consisting of a corner of a field reserved from ploughing in deference to its stony content, are more consistent with a modest settlement site.

RCAHMS 1989, visited June 1967.


Publication Account (2002)



Possible broch in Walls and Flotta on Hoy, on cultivated land; there is an amorphous stony area here which might be the remains of a broch.

Sources: 1. OS card ND 38 NW 10: 2. RCAHMS 1946, 2, no. 1032, 342.

E W MacKie 2002


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