Bow Castle Broch

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Coordinates: 55°39′57″N 2°51′28″W / 55.665942°N 2.857845°W / 55.665942; -2.857845

Bow Castle
The remains of Bow Castle Broch - geograph.org.uk - 225213.jpg
Bow Castle Broch is located in Scottish Borders
Bow Castle Broch
Location Stow of Wedale
Coordinates 55°39′57″N 2°51′28″W / 55.665942°N 2.857845°W / 55.665942; -2.857845
Type Broch
History
Periods Iron Age

Bow Castle is the remains of an iron-age broch near the Gala Water, in the Scottish Borders area of Scotland, in the parish of Stow.

Description[edit]

Bow Castle (grid reference NT46134171) stands on level ground on the edge of a steep slope southwest of the valley of the Gala Water.[1] The broch has a wall 4.1 metres thick, enclosing an area 9.7 metres in diameter.[1]

The broch is one of only three remaining in the Borders; the other two are Torwoodlee Broch, and Edin's Hall Broch.

Excavations[edit]

It was excavated in 1890 when pottery, including some 2nd-century Roman amphora fragments, were found.[1] In 1922 a 2nd-century Roman enamelled bronze brooch in the form of a cockerel was found among the ruins of the wall.[1]

Information concerning the dating and use of the broch is limited due to the lack of modern excavations.[1] However, Torwoodlee Broch, two miles to the north, was built and destroyed during the Roman occupations of southern Scotland and it is likely that Bow Castle shared a similar history.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Site Record for Bow Castle". RCAHMS. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Curle, J (1892) 'Notes on two brochs recently discovered at Bow, Midlothian, and torwoodlee, Selkirkshire', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol.26, Pages 68–70

External links[edit]

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