As part of a programme of research into the origins of the Scottish brochs, begun in 1962, twelve certain and probably examples of the most promising group, termed 'semibrochs', including Dun an Ruigh Ruaidh, were found, all of them unexcavated and all in the Western Isles and on the W coast of Scotland except for one hybrid structure at Clickhimin in Shetland. Dun an Ruigh Ruaidh was selected for excavation in 1968. This was an extension of the work carried out in 1967 and 1968 on the virtified hillfort and superimposed dun at Dun Lagaidh, half a mile to the W. For various reasons the work was not completed in the 1968 season and three more weeks of work took place in July 1978. <1>
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