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Hillock of Howe,broch

A Scheduled Monument in North Isles, Orkney Islands

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Latitude: 59.0281 / 59°1'41"N

Longitude: -2.852 / 2°51'7"W

OS Eastings: 351191

OS Northings: 1015987

OS Grid: HY511159

Mapcode National: GBR M4BW.06W

Mapcode Global: WH7C0.5B5T

Entry Name: Hillock of Howe,broch

Scheduled Date: 27 July 1953

Last Amended: 17 February 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1328

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch

Location: Shapinsay

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: North Isles

Traditional County: Orkney


The monument consists of a large mound, probably the site of a broch. The mound is 2.5m high, and is oval on plan, 50m NW-SE by 40m transversely. It lies on a slight rise overlooking the shore, and is turf-covered. Digging many years ago revealed stone structures within it. The area to be scheduled is oval, 80m NW-SE by 70m NE-SW, centred on the mound, to include the broch itself and any outer buildings or other evidence for associated activities which may survive around it, as indicated in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a relatively rare example of a largely undisturbed broch mound, which has great potential to reveal, upon excavation, evidence for Iron Age domestic and defensive architecture, economy and lifestyle.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as HY 51 NW 5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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