MHG5691 - Dun - Loch Nam Ban Mora, Eigg


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  • DUN (Iron Age - 550 BC to 560 AD)

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NM48NE 15 4554 8523.

(NM 4554 8523) Loch na Mna Moire (= Loch nam Ban Mora (M E M Donaldson 1923)) Eigg, contains a crannog, 50 yards from the shore, 35 x 15 ft.
It has the tradition of once being inhabited by abnormally big women.
F O Blundell 1913

This is not a crannog, but a small dun, typical of many of the poorly built island fortifications of the western isles. It occupies a natural rocky islet which has probably been artificially enlarged, and consists of a roughly D-shaped wall conforming to the edge of the islet, measuring overall 14.0m NNW-SSE by 8.5m transversely. The wall, best preserved on the straight landward side in the ENE where the outer face survives to a height of 1.2m, appears to have been about 1.3m thick, and is built of similar pitchstone block and in the same style as the fort wall on Sgurr of Eigg (NM 48 SE 6). It has mainly collapsed elsewhere and there is no trace of the entrance. The interior in uneven and heavily turfed and there is no definite sign of internal structure. Visited by OS (ISS) 4 May 1972

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Grid reference Centred NM 4553 8523 (80m by 80m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NM48NE
Civil Parish SMALL ISLES
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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