from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Same as
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- noun archaeology A type of
Iron Age stone towerwith hollow double-skinned walls found on Orkneyand Shetlandand parts of the Scottish mainland.
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The center of the settlement features a massive round stone watchtower called a broch, approximately 50 feet in diameter and 12-15 feet high, surrounded by well-preserved buildings, some with yellow clay still plastered to the walls.
So far the "broch," or hill fort, was not unlike other hill forts and brochs, of which there are hundreds in Scotland.
And toward the small family graveyard, near the foot of the broch, where his parents were buried.
Ian's eyes rolled slowly up, as though following the rough stones of the broch upward.
From the side of the mountain above, the broch that gave the small estate its name was no more than another mound of rocks, much like those that lay at the foot of the hills we had been traveling through.
Then there's the manor house, of course-that's modern, "he said, with some pride," and the old broch that we use now for the beasts and the grain.
The old stone broch, situated on a small rise to the rear of the house, rose sixty feet above the ground, cone-topped like a witch's hat, girdled with three rows of tiny arrow-slits.
Sitting on the fence behind the house, I could see tawny fields to the edge of the cliff past the broch, and the mesh of trees on the far side of the pass, dimming to black before the pearly glow of the sky.
"He gave us each a broom, a brush, and a bucket, and pointed us in the direction of the broch," said Jamie, taking up the story.
How about the broch-builders or their successors, living in what is now Caithness and the Northern and/or Western Isles, as a candidate for a culturally distinct tribe who in the 360s AD were called the Attacotti by Ammianus Marcellinus and St Jerome?