Old Photograph Midhowe Broch Rousay Orkney Islands Scotland

Old photograph of Midhowe Broch on on the west coast of the island of Rousay, Orkney Islands, Scotland. The Broch is situated on a narrow promontory between two steep sided creeks, on the north side of Eynhallow Sound. The broch is part of an ancient settlement, part of which has been lost to coastal erosion. The broch got its name from the fact that it's the middle of three similar structures that lie grouped within 500 metres of each other and Howe from the Old Norse word haugr meaning mound or barrow. The broch is surrounded by the remains of other lesser buildings, and a narrow entrance provides access into the defended settlement. The other buildings seem to have been built as adjacent houses, but later in the site’s history they were used as workshops, and one of these buildings still retains its iron-smelting hearth.

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