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Hawks Ness,broch at Corbie Geo

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland Central, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.2221 / 60°13'19"N

Longitude: -1.1694 / 1°10'9"W

OS Eastings: 446120

OS Northings: 1148936

OS Grid: HU461489

Mapcode National: GBR R1GQ.GTF

Mapcode Global: XHF9R.5BZD

Entry Name: Hawks Ness,broch at Corbie Geo

Scheduled Date: 5 February 1954

Last Amended: 23 February 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2070

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch

Location: Tingwall

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland Central

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument comprises the remains of a broch, an Iron Age defensive structure.

The broch survives as a large mound of rubble set on a knoll. The mound is over 5m tall. Little structural detail is visible, except enough of the stones of the outer wall-face to suggest a diameter of 17.6m some distance above ground level. Much of the stone from the broch has probably been reused in nearby drystone dykes and a sheep-fold.

The broch is already scheduled, but this rescheduling extends protection to a small area around the broch, in which tumbled rubble may conceal associate structures.

The area to be scheduled is a circle 45m across, to contain the broch, the rubble around it and any associated structures hidden from view. This area is marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The broch is of national importance as a prominent local landmark which is likely to contain extensive undisturbed archaeological deposits. These remains, together with details of the structure presently concealed by rubble, have the potential to considerably add to our knowledge of middle and late Iron Age domestic and defensive architecture and economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as HU44NE 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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