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The Broch of Gurness, a village from the Iron Age in Orkney, Sotland.

After driving through the dense fog the night, I was pleasantly surprised by my view the next morning. My lovely little cottage had a beautiful view of the sea and I could even see the Broch of Gurness from there sitting on the coastline vis a vis from the island Rousay.

The Broch of Gurness, a village from the Iron Age in Orkney, Sotland.

I already had booked my ticket and started my stay in Orkney with a visit to one of Scotland´s finest broch. The Broch of Gurness was an Iron Age settlement with a small village surrounding a massive broch tower.

The Broch of Gurness, a village from the Iron Age in Orkney, Sotland.

The first settlement started between 500 and 200 BC, later a causeway was added and the broch was built, surrounded by small stone houses with attached yards and sheds.

The Broch of Gurness, a village from the Iron Age in Orkney, Sotland.

But the broch then again was abandoned after 100 AD and the ditches filled in. The site continued as a single farmstead until around the 8th century. In the 9th century, a Viking woman was buried here, which became the last activity on this very spot.

The Broch of Gurness, a village from the Iron Age in Orkney, Sotland.

The broch was probably the home of the chief family of the community and probably was also a defensive refuge for the village.

The broch originally had a central hearth, stone-built cupboards, sunken water basins used as wells but also for rituals, and a stairway going to the upper floors.

The Broch of Gurness, a village from the Iron Age in Orkney, Sotland.

The broch is surrounded by numerous houses which each had a large living and sleeping room with smaller side rooms. Again we find stone-built cupboards and shelves, sleeping spaces and a large tank set into the floor.

The Broch of Gurness, a village from the Iron Age in Orkney, Sotland.

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