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Nether Banks, broch 220m NNE of

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.4673 / 58°28'2"N

Longitude: -3.3028 / 3°18'9"W

OS Eastings: 324100

OS Northings: 953968

OS Grid: ND241539

Mapcode National: GBR L66B.XFM

Mapcode Global: WH6DC.7FHQ

Entry Name: Nether Banks, broch 220m NNE of

Scheduled Date: 18 October 1938

Last Amended: 8 November 2005

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM609

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch

Location: Watten

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a broch. The monument was first scheduled in 1938 but an inadequate area was included to protect all of the archaeological remains. The present rescheduling rectifies this. The name of the monument has been changed.

The monument is visible as a turf covered mound, measuring 29 m N-S by 22m transversely, with a maximum height of 3m. Stonework is visible on the SE close to the top of the mound. A number of large boulders exposed at the base of the mound to the S and E may be the remains of an outer encircling wall.

The area to be scheduled is a circle 40m in diameter centred on the centre of the broch to include the broch and an area around in which evidence relating to its construction and use is likely to survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance as the remains of an Iron Age broch which has considerable potential to provide information on the nature of settlement and defensive architecture during this period of prehistory.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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Bibliography

The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as ND 125 SW 13.

RCAHMS 1911, THIRD REPORT AND INVENTORY OF MONUMENTS AND CONSTRUCTIONS IN THE COUNTY OF CAITHNESS, Edinburgh, HMSO, 60-1, No. 222.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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