The Scapa Flow Landscape Partnership Scheme

Lingro Broch

There was once a substantial broch at the farm of Lingro, which overlooks Scapa Flow. This extensive site was situated in the cultivated field which you can see in the picture below. The broch was excavated in 1879 by Petrie, but unfortunately, he died before his work could be recorded. Little can be seen today, although some isolated stones are still visible next to the burn which runs alongside the Scapa Distillery.

The broch was situated in the field seen here. You can still make out a small `rise' where it stood.

Artefacts included a large number of querns and quartz pebbles. These pebbles had indents on the flat sides and might have been used as Strike-a-lights. There was also a stone lamp, bone pins, needles, and long-handled combs, as well as spindle whorls made of both stone and steatite, which suggests that people here did their own weaving.

There were many objects made from red deer antler and a small fragment of bronze was found. An interesting discovery was a clay mould which was used for casting bronze pins with open circular heads. A playing dice was also found as well as 46 fragments of pottery. In some of the outbuildings, Roman coins were discovered which showed a variety of dates. 

Plan showing the broch at Lingro and its outer buildings

Charred barley was one of the more unusual finds but what purpose it served is still unknown. The site was flattened in 1981.

On the right you can see a number of artefacts recovered from the site. These are held in the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow.  They have a wonderful on-line catalogue which shows many artefacts from Orkney and other places. To view these, click on the link to the Huntarian Museum website on the right.