MHG6146 - Terra-Cotta Model - Dun Fiadhairt


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Type and Period (1)

  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 79 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Renumbered from NG25SW0001B
JHooper, 25/10/2002
NG25SW 1.00 2311 5042

NG25SW 1.01 terracotta figurine

(NG 2311 5042) Dun (NR)
OS 6" map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1904)

Dun Fiadhairt, a broch, measures 31ft internally within a wall up to 12ft thick. The entrance in the W is checked for a door and fitted with two communicating cells. Another cell lies in the NW sector of the wall, and the stair-lobby in the N, while a gallery occupies the E and S sectors (R W Feachem 1963).
Excavated in 1914 (F T Macleod 1915). Finds included an amber necklace, various beads with one dating from probably 2nd century AD., and a terra-cotta model of a bale of wool indicating trade links with Romanized Britain.
F T Macleod 1915; J Curle 1932; RCAHMS 1928; R W Feachem 1963.

Dun Fiadhairt, as described above. Largely cleared of debris; good condition.
Visited by OS (A C) 14 April 1961.

NG25SW 1.01 2311 5042

Mann and Curle note the discovery of a small terra-cotta votive
offering in the form of a model of a bale of hides or fleeces at the broch and suggest that it was probably brought by a trader from the south during the Roman period, as the local population did not use terra-cotta.

Roman terra-cotta object now in NMAS.
A Robertson 1970.

Acquired by the NMS in 1915 from Countess Vincent Baillet de Latour. Acc. No. GA 1013. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NG 2314 5044 (70m by 70m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG25SW
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish DUIRINISH

Finds (1)

  • MODEL (Roman - 79 AD to 409 AD)

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