NT7760 : Edin's Hall fort and broch

taken 9 years ago, near to Abbey st Bathans, Scottish Borders, Great Britain

Edin's Hall fort and broch
Edin's Hall fort and broch
This complex site stands on the NE slope of Cockburn Law, just above a fairly steep slope down to the Whiteadder Water . The fort consists of a double rampart, each line with an external ditch, enclosing an oval area some 135m E-W by 75m transversely. On the N side the defences continue as stony banks at the top of the slope. The entrance has been in the WSW.
The walls of the broch still stand up to 1.5m high in places. The entrance is in the SSE and has door-checks as well as two guard cells opening off it further in. Three large mural cells open on to the central court which is 16.8m in diameter. The cell on the S has the remains of a stone stairway at its N end which presumably rose to the wallhead. The wall is 5.2m thick so that the overall diameter of the building is some 27m, very large for a broch. A rectangular chamber attached to the outside of the wall at the entrance is a secondary addition, but the sub-rectangular enclosure within which the broch stands is possibly contemporary.
The final phase of occupation on the site is represented by an open settlement, consisting of a number of circular hut foundations in the E half of the fort.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 22 February, 2009   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 22 February, 2009
Category
Fort   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 773 602 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:50.1180N 2:21.8395W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 773 602
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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