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South Walls, Green Hill Of Scarton

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

Site Name South Walls, Green Hill Of Scarton

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

Alternative Name(s) Osmondwall Cemetery; South Waas

Canmore ID 9493

Site Number ND39SW 5

NGR ND 3378 9005

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

ND39SW 5 3378 9005.

(ND 3378 9005) Green Hill of Scarton (NR)

OS 6" map (1900)

A mound about 8ft 6ins high, in which partial excavation about 1912 revealed fragments of carefully built walls in a space measuring 9ft long by 4ft 4ins wide and 3ft deep. The excavation was too limited to establish the nature of the remains but it was probably not a broch.


The Green Hill of Scarton is a large amorphous mound with a small excavation as described by the Commission. Further excavation on its east side has revealed walling c.4.0m long and 1.0m high, which appears to form a corner of a beehive-shaped cell. Probably the remains of a settlement (cf. HY22NE 6 and HY32SE 6, which are possibly Iron Age). Resurveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (RL) 16 June 1967

At the edge of the banks 600m NE from Osmondwall cemetery is a large, lumpy mound some 2.5m high surrounded by an extensive area of heavily disturbed ground. Although in summer the site is too deep in long grass for close examination, it is suggestive of a broch with associated outbuildings.

RCAHMS 1989, visited July 1985.


Orkney Smr Note (July 1985)

The mound is extensive, and big enough to contain a broch

with associated settlement. There are however no visible

features, the site being heavily overgrown with long grass. This

will require a further visit when the vegetation is down.

Information from Orkney SMR (RGL) July 1985.

Publication Account (2002)



Possible broch in Walls and Flotta, Hoy, consisting of a large mound c. 2.5 m high which could be a broch surrounded by outbuildings.

Sources: RCAHMS 1946, 2, 339, no. 1018: 2. Lamb 1989, 18.

E W MacKie 2002


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