Date of Award

Spring 5-23-2021

Document Type

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Maria Bruno




Iron Age broch towers in Atlantic Scotland have been the focus of archaeological studies for centuries. Much of the evidence gathered about brochs comes from excavations from before the creation of modern archaeological standards, leading many scholars to rely on entrenched perceptions and the limited amount of recently generated evidence. Most studies focus primarily on architectural evidence, often leaving out the material culture documented in early reports. This paper reviews twelve reports on brochs in four regions from a range of time periods, reevaluating their artifactual finds and their relation to the occupants’ use of the brochs. When compared to each other, the assemblage from each site reveals the links in function between brochs as high-status domestic sites in Atlantic Scotland.