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Bridge of Broubster,standing stones 1350m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Thurso and Northwest Caithness, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.5253 / 58°31'31"N

Longitude: -3.6376 / 3°38'15"W

OS Eastings: 304728

OS Northings: 960846

OS Grid: ND047608

Mapcode National: GBR K6D6.0G3

Mapcode Global: WH5BP.3Z3B

Entry Name: Bridge of Broubster,standing stones 1350m NE of

Scheduled Date: 29 December 1933

Last Amended: 29 January 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM426

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone setting

Location: Halkirk

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Thurso and Northwest Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness

Description

The site consists of the remains of a horseshoe shaped setting of standing stones on open moorland. Six stones form the remaining part of this stone setting. These stones are set in the form of an elongated horseshoe, with its open end to the SW. The stones vary from 0.2m to 2.2m in height. The area to be scheduled measures 155m SW-NE by a maximum of 75m NW- SE, to include the stones of the stone setting and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the monument may survive

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric ritual and ceremonial behaviour. The stone setting is one of a rare class of horseshoe shaped settings of stones. These stone settings are thought to be connected with the tradition of stone circle building.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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The monument is RCAHMS number ND 06 SW 19.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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