Scheduled Monument

Cnoc Carnachadh, broch 1400m N of CarnachySM1850

Status: Designated

Documents

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The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.

Summary

Date Added
13/10/1938
Last Date Amended
20/01/2003
Type
Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch
Local Authority
Highland
Parish
Farr
NGR
NC 72136 52695
Coordinates
272136, 952695

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a broch, a fortified dwelling place of Iron Age date. It is surrounded by a low bank and a ditch, and stands on the edge of a natural terrace on the W side of Strathnaver. The broch was originally scheduled in 1938, but an inadequate area was included to protect the broch and the surrounding wall and ditch were ommitted entirely. The scheduling extension rectifies that situation.

The remains of the broch are much reduced, with the walls standing no more than 0.75m high; but details of the plan survive, including stretches of the inner and outer wall faces and a possible intra-mural chamber on the W. The broch appears to have had an internal diameter of about 7m, within walls 3-4m wide. The site of the entrance is not apparent on the W (upslope)side, while a low bank, representing the tumbled remains of a stone wall, can be traced most of the way around the broch.

The area now to be scheduled is circular in shape, with a diameter of 60m, to include the broch, outer area, ditch and ruined wall, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance as the remains of a broch, a significant type of late prehistoric fortified dwelling place. It has the potential to provide important information about late prehistoric domestic and defensive architecture, economy and contemporary land use.

References

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NC75SW 8.

About Scheduled Monuments

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Scheduling is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for monuments and archaeological sites of national importance as set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments that are found to be of national importance using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Scheduled monument records provide an indication of the national importance of the scheduled monument which has been identified by the description and map. The description and map (see ‘legal documents’ above) showing the scheduled area is the designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The statement of national importance and additional information provided are supplementary and provided for general information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within the statement of national importance or additional information. These records are not definitive historical or archaeological accounts or a complete description of the monument(s).

The format of scheduled monument records has changed over time. Earlier records will usually be brief. Some information will not have been recorded and the map will not be to current standards. Even if what is described and what is mapped has changed, the monument is still scheduled.

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