The ditch

Surrounding the broch-period settlement was a massive, ditched enclosure. This great sub-circular enclosure was an important boundary for the settlement at that point in time and was subsequently in-filled, and frequently surmounted by later buildings and features.
A section excavated though the ditch.

Surrounding the broch-period settlement was a massive, ditched enclosure.  

This great sub-circular enclosure was an important boundary for the settlement at that point in time and was subsequently in-filled, and frequently surmounted by later buildings and features.

The work on the ditch has thus far been relatively small in scale, however, it is already clear that the ditch is rich in artefactual and faunal remains. We have excavated a section through a segment of the ditch in the North part of the site and this has shown it to have been initially dug at the same time that the broch was built.