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Rumster, broch 200m WSW of, Forse

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.3167 / 58°18'59"N

Longitude: -3.3458 / 3°20'44"W

OS Eastings: 321256

OS Northings: 937243

OS Grid: ND212372

Mapcode National: GBR L63R.82D

Mapcode Global: WH6F3.K7Z6

Entry Name: Rumster, broch 200m WSW of, Forse

Scheduled Date: 13 May 1939

Last Amended: 11 December 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM573

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch

Location: Latheron

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


The monument comprises the remains of a broch, a defended settlement of Iron Age date. The broch was originally scheduled in 1939, but the area was inadequate to protect the full extent of the monument and omitted some adjacent land with high archaeological potential. The present re-scheduling rectifies this.

The broch is set in a small fenced enclosure in an area of grazing land. It is represented by a large grass-grown mound of stone, about 22m N-S by 26m across and standing up to 2.5m high. This substantial mound almost certainly conceals considerable surviving structural masonry and occupation deposits. Traces of the outer face of the broch can be seen on the S and SE of the mound, and there are signs of the removal of stones in a few places on the flanks of the mound.

The area to be scheduled is circular in shape, 40m in diameter, centred on the top of the broch mound, to include the broch and an area around it in which associated archaeological remains would be expected to survive. This area is indicated in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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