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ID:EHG4357
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Name:Topographic survey - Comar Wood Dun
Organisation:Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)
Date:Aug 2013

Description

A prehistoric enclosed dun was discovered by Forest District staff in Comar Wood, Strathglass, 1km southwest of Cannich, during a pre-felling check on the woodland in the Inverness, Ross and Skye Forest District in 2010. The dun and the area around it were felled in 2013 in a manner which has avoided structural damage to the site. A detailed contour and measured survey of the dun site and landscape features, including tree stumps on the dun and enclosure wall, was conducted by Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services and West Coast Archaeological Services in 2013 prior to commencement of a planned archaeological excavation (see EHG4731). All visible structural elements of the dun, its defensive outworks, later structures and other archaeological details of the site were surveyed to a standard consistent with a Level 4 survey as per RCAHMS Survey and Recording Policy. The site was interpreted as a galleried dun with an unusually well-defined defensive outwork. Later buildings of probable post-medieval date had been built into the rubble of the dun and outwork. <1>

A final report following post-excavation analysis has also been produced. <2>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEY

Images

SE facing: Pre-evaluation survey of Comar Wood dun in progress (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSW facing: Pre-evaluation survey of Comar Wood dun in progress (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNE facing: Overlooking Structure 1 with Structure 2 in background (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesN facing: Structure 1 to left, with the well-built SE corner of Structure 2 in centre of photograph (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNE facing: Looking across SE side of the dun site, with Structures 1 and 2 visible in centre left of photograph (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNNW facing: Looking over the outer enclosure wall on the WSW side of the dun (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesENE facing: Location of the dun entrance, showing profile of the structure (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesS facing: Panorama looking over the courtyard interior,  showing the SW arc of the interior of the structure (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSW facing: Outside wall spread on the N side of the site (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNW facing: Overall view of the SE side of the dun (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services

Reports

Fieldwork Report  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services and West Coast Archaeological Services (File size: 13838 KB)Fieldwork Report  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services and West Coast Archaeological Services (File size: 9203 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NH 3253 3101 (144m by 142m)
Map Sheet:NH33SW
Civil Parish:KILMORACK
Geographical Area:INVERNESS
Location:Comar Wood Dun, Cannich, Strathglass

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Birch, S., Fraser, L. and Peteranna, M.. 2014. Comar Wood Dun: Archaeological Evaluation and Measured Survey: Cannich, Strathglass, Scotland: Data Structure Report. Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services. Digital.
  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Peteranna, M., Birch, S. and Fraser, L.. 2014. Comar Wood Dun: Archaeological Evaluation and Measured Survey: Cannich, Strathglass, Scotland: Final Report. Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS) & West Coast Archaeological Services. Digital.

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