An archaeological charity is pushing ahead with an ambitious plan to construct a full-size replica of an Iron Age broch reports the BBC.
Caithness Broch Project has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help raise some of the money needed to cover the £20,000 cost of the design brief.
It would be the first broch to be built in Scotland in more than 2,000 years.
Caithness has most Brochs in Scotland
Caithness, where the replica would be built, has more broch sites than anywhere else in Scotland.
Caithness Broch Project was set up to raise awareness of the remains of more than 180 of the ancient stone-built towers in the area.
Ruined brochs can also be found in other parts of the Highlands, including Glenelg, and in Orkney.
Kenneth McElroy, director with Caithness Broch Project, said:
The project design brief document will help to inform and refine a number of points concerning the project – from architectural design to sustainability.
“It is a vital component in the development of our plan to build the first broch in Scotland in over 2,000 years.”Kenneth McElroy
Hoskins Architects, which has studios in Glasgow and Berlin, and Jura Consultants are working on the replica broch project.
The Caithness Broch Poject: Let’s Build a Broch!
From their Crowdfunder campaign:
Hi, we’re Caithness Broch Project, and we are proudly promoting the brochs of Caithness. We want to build a 2,000 year old broch, but we need your help to get our project up and running.
1) We need to develop a ‘project design brief’, a document which will help really getting this project off the ground, in terms of business development and understanding the architectural design of the broch.
2) The project brief will cost just under £19,000
3) We hope to raise at least £5,000 from this Crowdfunder; we will use £5,000 of our own project funds, and will apply to other funding groups for the rest.
By helping us to raise £5,000 you will make our project a more attractive proposition to other funding groups. So, your money will really help us get us to where we want to be!
Caithness Broch Project formed in 2013, as a reaction to the impending closure of Dounreay, the main employer in the region, but also because we’re totally in love with the region’s amazing archaeological landscape.
Our flagship project, however, is super-exciting. We want to do something that hasn’t been done in 2,000 years: we want to build a full-size, living, breathing broch in Caithness!
What’s a broch?
Brochs are uniquely Scottish towers, built during the Iron Age (that’s around 2,000 years ago) and mainly around the Highlands and Islands of the country. Caithness, however, can lay claim to having more brochs than anywhere else in Scotland – it is the ‘home of the broch’!
These towers are incredible and awe-inspiring buildings – some would have reached up to 40 feet (13m) high! Double walled, sloping in profile and with features such as corbelled cells, staircases, wall voids, hearths, stone ‘furniture’ and mysterious ritual wells, these structures were real feats of architecture and engineering.