Broch of Culswick

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Coordinates: 60°11′13″N 1°32′39″W / 60.186958°N 1.544124°W / 60.186958; -1.544124

Broch of Culswick
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Broch of Culswick
Broch of Culswick is located in Shetland
Broch of Culswick
Shown within Shetland
Location Mainland, Shetland
Coordinates 60°11′13″N 1°32′39″W / 60.186958°N 1.544124°W / 60.186958; -1.544124
Type Broch
History
Periods Iron Age

The Broch of Culswick (also Culswick Broch) is an unexcavated coastal broch in the Shetland Islands of Scotland (grid reference HU25384481). It has good views all around, including Foula and Vaila isles, and Fitful Head and Fair Isle in the south. The broch stands on the top of a rock platform and is about 3 metres high at its tallest point. Much rubble has fallen into the centre. This broch has a massive triangular lintel stone over the entrance, which is partly filled with rubble. A drawing by George Low in 1774 reveals that the structure survived very well at that date.

Location[edit]

The Broch of Culswick is located 5.5 kilometres west of Easter Skeld in the parish of Sandsting.[1] It is on top of a steep, smooth knoll near cliffs and the sea.[2]

Description[edit]

The Broch of Culswick has an external diameter of around 16 metres with walls preserved up to a height of 3.5 metres.[2] The main entrance is clearly visible but debris nearly fills the passage.[2] The lintel is a massive triangular stone.[1] A "guard cell" is visible to the right of the main entrance.[2] The interior of the broch is full of debris.[2] The inside face of an upper gallery can be seen above the entrance, and another void or doorway is visible in the inner wall face.[2]

Culswick Broch was better preserved in 1774 when George Low's drawing shows three complete intra-mural galleries preserved on top of the buried lower storey as well as a scarcement ledge on the inside face.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ritchie, J N G (1998). Brochs of Scotland. Shire Publications. p. 50. ISBN 0747803897. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Site Record for Broch Of Culswick". RCAHMS. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 

External links[edit]

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