EHG123 - Excavation - Dun Mor (Davie), Dornie



Centre for Field Archaeology, University of Edinburgh


12 May 1997


Topographical survey and trial excavations were carried out on Dun Mor, near Dornie, between February and April 1997. Dun Mor is a tree-covered ridge of undifferentiated gneiss which runs roughly NW/SE, c. 70m from the east shore of Loch Duich. A number of artificially enhanced platforms were discovered at different levels on the ridge; these had been created by connecting bedrock outcrops with retaining walls. Walls delimit access to the ridge from the south-east, where there is an isolated platform. A well defined pathway, enhanced in two places by retaining walls, dog-legs up the southern side of the ridge from the edge of Loch Duich. An oval cairn, covering a 'grave-shaped' hole, was discovered on one playform. Worked quartz, modern pottery, glass and iron objects were found in the dumped material behind the walls. While radiocarbon dates from two securely sealed deposits are consistent with the interpretation of Dun Mor as an Iron Age or Dark Age fortified ridge site, its morphology is slightly different from most well-known examples. The work was funded by Highland Council. <1> The excavation assemblage from the site was submitted to Treasure Trove (TT 140/99) and allocated to Invereness Museum. This comprised lithics, pottery and environmental samples. Box list inventories of the transfer from CFA to the Museum are available in the museum archive files. <2> <3>

Sources/Archives (4)

  • --- Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Neighbour, T.. 1997. Dun Davie, Dornie, Archaeological Field Evaluation. Centre for Field Archaeology, Univ of Edinburgh. . .
  • <1> Text/Publication/Article: Tim Neighbour. 2000. Artificial platforms of possible Iron Age or Dark Age date on Dun Mor, Dornie, Skye & Lochalsh, Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 130, p.282-302. Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 130. 282-302.
  • <2> Dataset/Database File: Treasure Trove. 2019. Highland Finds from Treasure Trove Annual Reports 2004-18. Treasure Trove. Digital. TT 140/99.
  • <3> Collection: Inverness Museum. 2019. Inverness Museum and Art Gallery Archive Files.



Location Dornie, Kintail
Grid reference Centred NG 8874 2525 (282m by 347m)
Map sheet NG82NE
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish KINTAIL

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Jan 13 2020 12:40PM

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