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Hoxa Broch, South Ronaldsay

Overlooking the Dam of Hoxa and Howe Taing stand the remains of the Howe of Hoxa or Hoxa Broch. The site was explored and partly consolidated in 1848 by George Petrie who noted that the walls were two and a half metres tall and over four metres thick. According to the Orkneyinga Saga, Earl Thorfinn Skull-Splitter was buried in a mound at Hoxa in 963AD, having died peacefully in his bed. It is advisable to inform the landowners in the house if you wish to visit. 
More information can be found in the Archaeology section.
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