One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A prehistoric circular stone tower in north Scotland and adjacent islands.
- ‘This is the site of a prehistoric fortification, or broch.’
- ‘Then we climbed into a nearby 2,000-year-old broch, a multistory stone fortress with double wails and one of best preserved from the pre-Viking era.’
- ‘Particularly impressive examples occur in North Wales and Cornwall, while the brochs and duns of Scotland are monumental examples of roundhouses.’
- ‘There's a broch, Pictish stones and St Moluag's chapel, believed to be pre-Christian.’
- ‘From Shetland to the southern end of the Hebrides, the coastline was dotted with circular, tower-like structures, now referred to as brochs.’
- ‘To see Scotland's biggest broch involves a trip much further north to Shetland.’
- ‘Indeed, mainland Scotland boasts some very unusual prehistoric fortifications, built like towers without mortar, and known as brochs.’
- ‘The early Norse settlers built their farmhouse close to the ruins of the old broch, which doubtless served as a handy source of good stone.’
- ‘Skara Brae is a well-preserved prehistoric village, Maes Howe the best of a series of impressive prehistoric burial cairns, and numerous brochs and settlements attest to the islands' Pictish and Viking periods.’
- ‘‘We used to have a ferry, inn, candleworks and Pictish brochs to bring people in,’ she said.’
- ‘The new dates imply that Scatness was one of the earliest true brochs - that is, multi-storey stone tower houses with a staircase running between the inner and outer walls.’
- ‘There had been no datable finds from the first excavation, but the quality of stonework was so good that the excavators thought the buildings must be contemporary with brochs.’
- ‘‘They would have needed social stability’, he says, suggesting brochs were not watch towers or forts, but ‘ostentatious signs of status and wealth’.’
- ‘Subsequent activities were a visit to the abandoned Clearance Village at Badbea, a stone broch at Carn Liath, and the contentious statue of the Duke of Sutherland that dominates the area from atop Ben Bhraggie.’
Late 15th century: alteration of burgh (the original sense). The current sense dates from the mid 17th century.
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