- Atlantic roundhouse
archaeology, an Atlantic roundhouse is an Iron Agestone building found in the northern and western parts of mainland Scotland, the Northern Islesand the Hebrides.
Types of structure
A form of
dry-stoneIron 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 Ringillon Skye, Cladh Hallanon South Uistand Jarlshofin Shetland.
DunveganCommunity Trust plan to re-create an Iron Age roundhouse structure at Orbost on Skyewith the help of National Lotteryfunding. [ [http://www.localpeopleleading.co.uk/showart.php?articleid=6915&typeid=1 "Dunvegan seeks to rebuild a bit of ancient history "] . (10 September 2008) Local People Leading. Retrieved 10 September 2008.]
ee alsoIn Scotland
* [http://members.lycos.co.uk/hebrides/atlantic_roundhouses.htm Atlantic Roundhouses]
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