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Scottish broch. Source: ivan / Adobe Stock.

Unlocking the Secrets of Scotland’s 2,000-Year-Old ‘Skyscrapers’


In the heart of Scotland's captivating wilderness, an enigma from the past stands tall, shrouded in mystery and curiosity. These towering stone structures, known as brochs, have silently witnessed the passage of time for over two millennia, yet their true purpose remains a puzzle to be solved. Brochs, massive Iron Age structures made entirely of dry stone, defy easy classification. Were they dwelling places, fortifications, or something entirely different?

As experts strive to unravel their secrets, a daring group of experimental archaeologists embarks on an audacious mission. By reconstructing an Iron Age broch from scratch, using traditional techniques, they hope to unearth vital insights into the past and shed light on the elusive purpose of these awe-inspiring "skyscrapers" of ancient Scotland. As the broch rises once more, it promises to offer not only insight into its construction but also a glimpse into the intriguing world of Iron Age societies.

Top image: Scottish broch. Source: ivan / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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