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Loch of Watsness,broch east of

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.2399 / 60°14'23"N

Longitude: -1.6849 / 1°41'5"W

OS Eastings: 417550

OS Northings: 1150661

OS Grid: HU175506

Mapcode National: GBR Q16N.SX6

Mapcode Global: XHBVV.FWTB

Entry Name: Loch of Watsness,broch E of

Scheduled Date: 22 January 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5538

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch

Location: Walls and Sandness

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland West

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument consists of the overgrown remains of a broch, located on a promontory on the E shore of Loch of Watsness.

On a low grassy promontory are the remains of a broch, of

approximately 15m external diameter, with traces of external building foundations to the S. The promontory is edged with a line of large boulders. Despite stone-robbing, it is likely that the broch may survive to over 1m in height. The area to be scheduled is irregular, bounded by the shore of the loch and, on the N, by a modern wall. This area is marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the site of a substantial Iron Age fortified dwelling, which although reduced may contain important evidence, accessible to excavation and analysis, for Iron Age settlement, economy and domestic and defensive architecture. In addition the loch-side location may favour the preservation of organic remains to an unusual degree for Shetland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU15SE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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