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The Hillock,broch 500m NNW of Ness of Ork

A Scheduled Monument in North Isles, Orkney Islands

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Latitude: 59.0858 / 59°5'8"N

Longitude: -2.8117 / 2°48'42"W

OS Eastings: 353578

OS Northings: 1022379

OS Grid: HY535223

Mapcode National: GBR M4FQ.6NK

Mapcode Global: WH7BM.SW8M

Entry Name: The Hillock,broch 500m NNW of Ness of Ork

Scheduled Date: 28 August 1953

Last Amended: 23 February 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1447

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 the remains of a broch, partly removed by marine erosion. The mound is about 45m in diameter, and rises gently to a height of 1.5m above the surrounding land. Its NW side has been eroded by the sea, revealing masonry, and old diggings, of which only a few exposed stones give evidence, suggest a diameter of 19m with a wall thickness of 4m, entirely consistent with a broch. The large extent of the mound suggests an extensive extra-mural settlement. The area to be scheduled is 80m in diameter, to include the entire mound, thus including the broch and an area around it in which evidence of subsidiary structures and activities associated with its construction and use may survive, 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 little-disturbed broch and settlement, which could yield, upon excavation, important evidence for the Iron Age domestic and defensive architecture, economy and lifestyle.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as HY 52 SW 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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