The Modern Antiquarian. Stone Circles, Ancient Sites, Neolithic Monuments, Ancient Monuments, Prehistoric Sites, Megalithic MysteriesThe Modern Antiquarian




<b>Nybster</b>Posted by LesHamiltonImage © Les Hamilton
OS Ref (GB):   
Latitude:58° 33' 6.24" N
Longitude:   3° 5' 2.76" W

Added by mascot

Discussion Topics0 discussions
Start a topic

Show  |  Hide
Web searches for Nybster
Show map   (inline Google Map)

Images (click to view fullsize)

Add an image Add an image
<b>Nybster</b>Posted by LesHamilton <b>Nybster</b>Posted by LesHamilton <b>Nybster</b>Posted by LesHamilton <b>Nybster</b>Posted by LesHamilton <b>Nybster</b>Posted by LesHamilton <b>Nybster</b>Posted by LesHamilton <b>Nybster</b>Posted by LesHamilton <b>Nybster</b>Posted by LesHamilton <b>Nybster</b>Posted by LesHamilton <b>Nybster</b>Posted by LesHamilton <b>Nybster</b>Posted by LesHamilton


Add fieldnotes Add fieldnotes
Visited: June 18, 2019

Nybster broch stands on a cliff-girt headland, protected on three sides by vertical sandstone cliffs and by a ditch that cuts off the promontory on its landward side.

The site is signposted just south of the village of Nybster, and there is a car park from which a good footpath heads south for 450 metres to the broch site. As you approach the broch, the first thing you will see is Mervyn's Tower, a monument built of rough stones by local farmer John Nicholson to commemorate the work of Sir Francis Tress Barry who excavated the site in 1895-6.

Canmore states that Nybster is: 'a site of major signifcance in the study of the development of the broch in that it comprises the ground-galleried block-house of a pre-broch promontory fort, a solid-based broch, and a post-broch settlement. The block-house, which displays broch-like features, including a passage checked for two doors, is probably to be dated not much before the first century BC if not within it'.

Without doubt, Nybster is a complex side, and readers wishing to learn more about it can find copious details of the various structures and finds on the Canmore website.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
1st July 2019ce
Edited 1st July 2019ce

Nybster Broch - reported on BBC News and added site.

Royal Commission Site entry states:

"Nybster Broch was excavated by Sir Francis Tress Barry about 1900, revealing neither guard chamber nor mural cells. It has in internal diameter of 23ft and a wall thickness of 14ft. In 1910 the maximum height of the walls was 5ft 3ins.
The broch is defended by a possibly later forework and the whole is fronted by a ditch about 20ft wide which cuts off the promontory on which the broch stands. To seaward of the broch practically the whole promontory is covered by well-built out-buildings, oblong, circular, and irregular in plan.
Finds include a fragment of 2nd century Samian ware, as well as the more usual bone and stone objects."
mascot Posted by mascot
16th July 2011ce
Edited 16th July 2011ce


Add a link Add a link

Royal Commission Site Entry

mascot Posted by mascot
16th July 2011ce

Caithness CWS site - with photos

mascot Posted by mascot
16th July 2011ce

2nd BBC News report - human remains found

mascot Posted by mascot
16th July 2011ce

BBC News report

mascot Posted by mascot
16th July 2011ce