Atlantic roundhouse

Atlantic roundhouse

In archaeology, an Atlantic roundhouse is an Iron Age stone building found in the northern and western parts of mainland Scotland, the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.

Types of structure

A form of dry-stone Iron Age dwelling, they are unique to the region, and are subdivided by the archaeologists into two broad types - "simple" and "complex". According to this theory they marked a movement away from the earlier externally unprepossessing types of dwelling, such as those at Skara Brae, towards structures which were more dominating features in the landscape.

An example of a "simple" Atlantic roundhouse is at Bu in Orkney, while "complex" structures include the brochs, duns and wheelhouses. Although constructed out of stone, they are thought to have had a conical wooden roof similar to that of the timber roundhouses found elsewhere.

Examples can be found at Dun Ringill on Skye, Cladh Hallan on South Uist and Jarlshof in Shetland.

Modern reconstruction

Dunvegan Community Trust plan to re-create an Iron Age roundhouse structure at Orbost on Skye with the help of National Lottery funding. [ [ "Dunvegan seeks to rebuild a bit of ancient history "] . (10 September 2008) Local People Leading. Retrieved 10 September 2008.]

ee also

In Scotland
*Wheelhouse (archaeology)

*Round tower


External links

* [ Atlantic Roundhouses]

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