Thrumster dig uncovers broch era village

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    Judi Lynn
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    By David G Scott-
    Published: 14:43, 10 September 2019 | Updated: 15:24, 10 September 2019

    LONG before the John O’Groats Trail or North Coast 500 route existed there was another path within the county that has just been uncovered after lying centuries under the turf.

    It may be very small but the well-laid-out stone path, or passageway, exists within structures that are over 2000 years old and lies on moorland at Swartigill on the Thrumster Estate. The structures being uncovered seem to date from the same era as the Iron Age brochs for which the county is famous and suggest that a village of some complexity existed there for a number of centuries.

    The flagstone surface appears like a pathway around the inner structures.
    A team from the Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (Orca) worked along with the Yarrows Heritage Trust (YHT) to help uncover one of the most “significant finds in the county since the Victorian era”, according to estate owner Islay MacLeod.

    Previous seasons of excavation at the site have uncovered a complex of ancient structures which are providing an important window into Iron Age society away from the monumental architecture of the brochs.


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