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Borgue Langwell, homestead 150m north west of broch, Berriedale

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.177 / 58°10'37"N

Longitude: -3.5291 / 3°31'44"W

OS Eastings: 310164

OS Northings: 921920

OS Grid: ND101219

Mapcode National: GBR K7N3.N3P

Mapcode Global: WH5DG.RQPV

Entry Name: Borgue Langwell, homestead 150m NW of broch, Berriedale

Scheduled Date: 11 March 1935

Last Amended: 10 May 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM525

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: homestead

Location: Latheron

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


The monument comprises the remains of a later prehistoric settlement, of the type locally known as a 'wag', situated in a sparse wood overlooking the Langwell Water from the S. This re-scheduling is to extend protection to the full area of archaeological importance, and replaces an inadequate scheduling undertaken in 1935.

The monument was partially excavated in 1911. The NW part of the structure is a circular enclosure, possibly once roofed, about 9m across within a wall 2m wide and entered from the NW. Adjoining it on the E and SE is the 'wag' itself, a curving oblong structure some 15m by 4m internally. This is divided part-way along, the inner portion having been provided with lintelled piers which may have helped support a vanished roof. There are traces of lesser structures adjoining those described above.

The form of the remains bears comparison with a hut circle and associated souterrain and the excavated finds would support a date in the middle to later Iron Age (perhaps 100 BC- AD 500).

The area now to be scheduled is circular, 50m in diameter, centred on the remains described and including an area around them in which buried evidence relating to their construction and use may survive. The area is indicated in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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