Burra Ness Broch

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Coordinates: 60°38′27″N 0°58′59″W / 60.640926°N 0.982976°W / 60.640926; -0.982976

Burra Ness Broch
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Burra Ness Broch
Burra Ness Broch is located in Shetland
Burra Ness Broch
Burra Ness Broch shown within Shetland, Scotland
Location Yell, Shetland
Coordinates 60°38′27″N 0°58′59″W / 60.640926°N 0.982976°W / 60.640926; -0.982976
Type Broch
History
Periods Iron Age
Site notes
Public access Yes

Burra Ness Broch is an iron-age broch located on the east coast of the island of Yell, Shetland, Scotland.

Location[edit]

Burra Ness Broch (grid reference HU55729572) is situated 2.6 kilometres south of the small village of Gutcher on the tip of the headland of Burra Ness.[1] It can be reached by a path south from the settlement of North Sandwick.[1]

Description[edit]

The broch has an external diameter of about 18 metres.[2] The outer wall is around 4.5 metres thick, and stands over 4 metres high on the east side.[1] Two hundred years ago the broch is reported to have been 20 feet (6.1 metres) high, and the beginning of a bell-shaped profile was clearly visible.[2] Internally a "scarcement" ledge to support an upper floor is visible some 4 metres above the ground.[1] There are signs of an upper intramural gallery, and there are traces of intramural "guard cell" on the southeast side but no remains of the entrance can be seen.[2] There are traces of outbuildings towards the north, south and southeast, and slight indications of surrounding ramparts.[2]

The ruins of a later farm can be seen about 100 metres to the south.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Noonan, Damien (2000). Castles & Ancient Monuments of Scotland. p. 187. ISBN 1566491886. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Site Record for Yell, Burra Ness Broch Of Burra Ness". RCAHMS. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 

External links[edit]

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