Revisiting Glenelg a century after Alexander O Curle: Reconstructing brochs in treeless landscapes

Tanja Romankiewicz, Ian Ralston

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Abstract / Description of output

Field visits to the broch of Dun Troddan in Glenelg in northwest Scotland in 2010 and 2012 resulted in a critical re-assessment of that site and widened to consider current understandings and reconstructions of brochs, and in particular of the assumed substantial consumption of large timbers for such building projects. Following a re-appraisal of A O Curle’s excavation at Dun Troddan in the light of this new fieldwork and based on recent research into the architecture of brochs (Romankiewicz 2011), evidence for postrings within brochs more generally is considered, as are the quantities of timber available to and required by the builders. A few concluding speculations explore the implications of timber requirements for more general interpretations of Atlantic Scottish Iron Age societies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGardening time
Subtitle of host publicationMonuments and landscape from Sardinia, Scotland and Central Europe in the very long Iron Age
EditorsSimon Stoddart, Ethan D. Aines, Caroline Malone
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherMcDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
ISBN (Electronic)9781913344047
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2021
EventGardening Time - Magdalen College, Cambridge and McDonald Institute, Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Sept 201223 Sept 2012

Publication series

NameMcDonald Institute Monographs: Conversations


ConferenceGardening Time
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • brochs
  • reconstructions
  • Atlantic Iron Age
  • later prehistoric climate and environment in Scotland
  • Alexander O Curle


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