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TITLE
Broch of Gurness, Orkney
EXTERNAL ID
PC_DONALD_ORKNEY09
PLACENAME
Aikerness
DATE OF IMAGE
2002
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Janine Donald
SOURCE
Janine Donald
ASSET ID
22400
KEYWORDS
brochs
Norse
Vikings
Picts
graves
settlements
Broch of Gurness, Orkney

The remains of the Broch of Gurness at Aikerness, Orkney, were discovered by the Orcadian poet and antiquarian, Robert Rendall in 1929. Until that time the site had been known merely as a grassy mound - the Knowe o' Aikerness. Subsequent excavations revealed a structure which would originally have stood at a height eight metres, with a diameter of 20 metres. It was surrounded by a rampart and three ditches and showed three phases of construction and reconstruction. The broch dates are unclear but it is generally thought to have been built between 200 BC and 100 BC. A tenth-century Viking woman's grave was discovered inserted into the wall of the outer courtyard.

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Broch of Gurness, Orkney

2000s

brochs; Norse; Vikings; Picts; graves; settlements

Janine Donald

The remains of the Broch of Gurness at Aikerness, Orkney, were discovered by the Orcadian poet and antiquarian, Robert Rendall in 1929. Until that time the site had been known merely as a grassy mound - the Knowe o' Aikerness. Subsequent excavations revealed a structure which would originally have stood at a height eight metres, with a diameter of 20 metres. It was surrounded by a rampart and three ditches and showed three phases of construction and reconstruction. The broch dates are unclear but it is generally thought to have been built between 200 BC and 100 BC. A tenth-century Viking woman's grave was discovered inserted into the wall of the outer courtyard.