Prehistoric: brochs, duns, rounds and other sites would probably be classed as "castles" if they fell into the medieval period! And as for Roman sites - how many Saxon Shore Forts DID become castles in the medieval period.
From: British archaeology discussion list [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of michael heal
Sent: 15 June 2011 13:40
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Subject: [BRITARCH] What is a scottish Broch?
Can anyone please explain why a Scottish Broch is not accepted as a castle while a Motte and Bailey is?
My 14 year old son was given the task of producing a timeline of castles, in doing his research he came across a time team dig of a Scottish Broch. It was described as a Fortified place a place where the people of the village went in times of trouble.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary this is the definition of a Castle, yet when offered to his History teacher he was told to re do the work as a Scottish Broch was not a Castle and that he had no right to include it in his work.
I realise this is not generally what the site is used for but I do feel it opens a huge question on interpretation and possibly a question of knowledge?
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