Some great information on early history of Northern Scotland, Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.
Brochs are amongst the most spectacular of eroding coastal archaeology, and in the course of SCHARP, we have seen and recorded quite a few of them. Many thousands of these towers of the Iron Age would once have been an impressive sight along the coasts of Northern Scotland, Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.
They were generally built around 200BC (although some are earlier) in coastal locations (although not always), and were occupied for a very long time – in some cases for up to 1000 years.
The defining feature of a broch is a massive encircling double wall. This photo looking down into the broch of Mousa in Shetland, taken by Kieran Baxter, shows the classic double walled broch construction.
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