Tayside and Central Scotland

New hope of uncovering Stirling's lost Iron Age roundhouse

Stone thought to be associated with the broch Image copyright Murray Cook
Image caption Archaeologists believe they have found part of the interior and the wall of the broch

Archaeologists believe they have found part of the remains of an Iron Age roundhouse, known as a broch, in Stirling.

It was first discovered and described by a local archaeologist Christian Maclagan in the 1870s.

Attitudes towards women at the time meant her academic paper on the broch was only accepted after it was transcribed by a man.

A new dig is planned at the site after initial excavations last year.

Maclagan's discovery in Wester Livilands was lost under a landscaped garden.

On the afternoon of the last day of last summer's excavation, stones were found that suggested archaeologists were digging in the right place.

Two weeks ago, further work was done and revealed what is believed to be part of the interior and wall of the broch.

A crowdfunding campaign is expected to be launched to help fund a proper excavation.

Maclagan's discovery is important because the broch is the only known example to date of an Iron Age roundhouse in an urban setting.

The stone-built towers are more commonly found in rural and remote parts of the north of Scotland, including Caithness, Glenelg on the west Highland coast and Orkney.

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