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TITLE
Mousa Broch
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_914_203_P002
PLACENAME
Mousa
DISTRICT
Shetland
DATE OF IMAGE
1880
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31364
KEYWORDS
brochs
Iron Age
archaeology
towers
islands
Mousa Broch

The Mousa Broch is located on the small island of Mousa which is just off the Shetland mainland. It stands over 13m (43ft) high, with a bottom diameter of 15m (49ft) and a top diameter of 12m (39ft). It is the best-preserved example of an Iron Age broch in Scotland.

Brochs like this were built during the 1st and 2nd century AD, originally as defensible structures. Towards the end of their building period they were probably looked on more as a status symbol for their owners.

Mousa broch is made up of two concentric stone walls and the entrance to the inner body of the broch is by a narrow passage through the walls. A narrow spiral staircase between the two walls allows people to climb to the top of the broch.

This illustration is taken from the book 'Our Ancient Monuments and the Land Around Them', by Charles Philip Kains-Jackson (1880)

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Mousa Broch

brochs; Iron Age; archaeology; towers; islands

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

The Mousa Broch is located on the small island of Mousa which is just off the Shetland mainland. It stands over 13m (43ft) high, with a bottom diameter of 15m (49ft) and a top diameter of 12m (39ft). It is the best-preserved example of an Iron Age broch in Scotland.<br /> <br /> Brochs like this were built during the 1st and 2nd century AD, originally as defensible structures. Towards the end of their building period they were probably looked on more as a status symbol for their owners. <br /> <br /> Mousa broch is made up of two concentric stone walls and the entrance to the inner body of the broch is by a narrow passage through the walls. A narrow spiral staircase between the two walls allows people to climb to the top of the broch.<br /> <br /> This illustration is taken from the book 'Our Ancient Monuments and the Land Around Them', by Charles Philip Kains-Jackson (1880)