MHG4155 - Possible Fort, Eilean Port Nam Murrach


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  • FORT (Undated)

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NM68SW 1 6124 8351.

(NM 6124 8351) There is vitrifaction on the top of an islet called Eilean Port na Muirach, a site with no space for a fort or garrison, but with an excellent view over the sea and thus probably used as a look-out and beacon (M'Hardy 1906).
Both Childe and Cotton report this as a vitrified fort. No plan or description of it has been traced (Cotton 1954).
A B M'Hardy 1906; V G Childe 1946; M A Cotton 1954.

There is no trace of any vitrifaction or structure on Eilean Port nam Muirach, a conical islet with an uneven summit measuring c.16.0m by c. 10.0m.
On the NE slopes are masses of small stones which look like tumble from a wall, when seen from a distance, but are in fact natural.
Visited by OS (N K B) 1 June 1970.

M'Hardy, A B, 1906, 'On vitrified forts, with results of experiments as to the probable manner in which their vitrification may have been produced', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 40 1905-6, p.136-50, 148 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1331.

Childe, V G, 1946, Scotland before the Scots: being the Rhind lectures 1944, 135, No. 33 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2047.

Cotton, M A, 1954, 'British camps with timbered-laced ramparts', Archaeol J, Vol. 111, pp 26-105, 75 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG288.

Nisbet, H C, 1975, 'A geological approach to vitrified forts, part II: bedrock and building stone', Science and Archaeology, Vol 15, pp 3-16, p 12, no. 29 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG43.

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Grid reference Centred NM 6123 8351 (100m by 100m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NM68SW
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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