Scotland's Coastal Heritage at Risk

Channerwick Broch

Section cleaning, recording and sampling

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Photomontage of the broch of Mousa scaled onto the foundations of Channerwick broch and overlaid onto a 3D model of the site to give an idea of what it would have looked like in the landscape
Photomontage of the broch of Mousa scaled onto the foundations of Channerwick broch and overlaid onto a 3D model of the site to give an idea of what it would have looked like in the landscape

In winter of 2013/14 winter storms exposed masses of archaeological deposits in the coast edge at Channerwick. Over the summer of 2015, volunteers recruited through the brilliant new group Archaeology Shetland, cleaned, investigated and recorded the section. They revealed an amazing discovery - a new broch for Shetland.

As with many of these Iron Age castles, the broch was re-modelled into a wheelhouse at some point in its long lifespan. You can see a summary of the main elements of this complicated section in the picture below.

Labelled section to show main structures
Labelled section to show main structures

Analysis of all the material and information rescued from the site over the next few months will add a bit more to our knowledge and understanding of these fascinating sites.