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broch

A prehistoric circular stone tower found along the western coastline of Scotland.
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They appear also on a greater variety of settlement types, though their distribution is still biased towards the more elaborate and presumably higher-status settlement forms such as brochs, duns, crannogs and souterrains.
The cutting of deep peat is inferred at Upper Scalloway broch, Shetland (Holden & Boardman 1998: 105), whereas peat, perhaps deriving from peaty depressions or flushes rather than blanket peat, and in hearth ash form, was spread over fields of possible Neolithic age at Scord of Brouster Shetland (Whittle et al.
Excavations were begun at Everley roundhouse and, on a more limited scale, at Whitegate broch at Keiss in July 2001.
Excavations at the complex Atlantic roundhouse at Loch na Beirgh, Lewis produced evidence for non-ferrous metalworking in the form of crucibles and moulds recovered from two cellular structures, cells 7 & 8, built in the broch interior.
It was thought that there might be midden in this area beside the broch but, in fact, a structure was exposed with well-preserved floor layers and associated deposits, all of which appear to have slumped off the edge of a platform possibly built to support a roundhouse.
The remains of one broch stand on a promontory at Invernaver, overlooking the mouth of the river.
The tour highlights include the Maeshowe Tomb, Ceremonial Standing Stones of Stenness and Ring of Brodgar, the 5,000-year-old village of Skare Brae, Historic Skaill House, stunning landscape across Birsay Moors and the Broch of Gurness and surrounding Iron Age settlement.
Reached via the village of Sandwick, it's an uninhabited island, boisterous seals aside, that houses an 2,000-year-old broch, an Iron-Age fort.
Lesser known gems such as the Iron Age broch, or drystone tower, at Mousa, Shetland - rated at No1 - are recognised.
The Brochs of Gurness and Midhowe face each other across the fast-flowing and dangerous Eynhallow Sound.
He relates how as a boy he loved drawing industrial ruins, tower houses and brochs 'very badly'.
The Orkneys are rich, too, in more recent Iron Age relics, especially brochs, or stone towers protected by walls and ramparts.