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Broch (Destroyed)

<b>Breckness</b>Posted by widefordImage © wideford
Also known as:
  • Broch of Breckness
  • Brickness

Nearest Town:Stromness (3km ENE)
OS Ref (GB):   HY225093 / Sheets: 6, 7
Latitude:58° 57' 50.67" N
Longitude:   3° 20' 51.83" W

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"Almost entirely destroyed" all that is left is visible on the eroding cliff. It may be very little compared to what was once there but there is surely value in a vertical section that gradually reveals itself without any person having to excavate it ! A watching brief by archaeologists would provide useful results in time. And it goes a long ways along the cliff, over two points of the coast. Either side of the central broch there is 20~30m of settlement, and the broch itself nearly 12m diameter. Apparently there is a slice of a chapel in there too, which I wish I had known at the time. The most obvious structures at this stage in its unveiling are slab-sided floor drains. My photos will tell the story better - all comparitive clarity after Ingshowe and Berstane. wideford Posted by wideford
17th May 2004ce
Edited 21st June 2009ce


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The excavator of the well opines that rather than a well as such it may be one of the several structures found on Orkney where a person went down steps to a dry subterranean chamber. wideford Posted by wideford
3rd September 2004ce