Clickhimin Broch

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Location: 1 mile SW of Lerwick, Shetland.

Owner: Historic Scotland

This site was occupied in several periods, originally late Bronze age between 700 - 500BC. Firstly a simple farmstead which expanded to a blockhouse (fort) and then by a huge circular brock. A population of around 60 lived in this little fortress. Later, 2nd century occupation is shown when a wheelhouse was added.

The fort and broch at Clickhimin display a sequence of development from the later Bronze Age to the later 1st millennium AD

"Shetland falls outside the range covered here, but the monogragh on Clickhimin is of primary importance, not only for the details of the excavation of the small fortress, but because it sets out a convincing hypothesis as to the nature and origins of the 'vitrified' forts of the Scottish mainland." - AHA Hogg, Hill-forts of Britain.

Clickhimin, it appears is not a vitrified fort, the above reference was made in the light that it may be one of the oldest timber framed ramparts in Scotland. It has been suggested that all vitrified forts were timber framed.

Excavations at Clickhimin by J R C Hamilton.


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