MHG4902 - Dun - Rubh an Dunain
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Type and Period (1)
- DUN (Iron Age - 550 BC? to 560 AD?)
NG31NE 1 3958 1597.
(NG 3958 1597) Dun (NR)
OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1903)
A galleried promontory dun consisting of a wall cutting off a headland (Rudh an Dunain) which measures 80ft by 36ft in extent. The wall, built of large, squared blocks, is 12ft thick at the base and stands to a maximum height of approx. 9ft The entrance, near the N End, is checked for a door, and galleries can be distinguished within the wall.
RCAHMS 1928; R W Feachem 1963.
A galleried promontory dun as described above.
Visited by OS (C F W) 11 April 1961.
This is an unusual and impressive site. The wall cuts off a small headland from cliff edge to cliff edge, and still stands to a considerable height for much of its length. The construction is very reminicent of brochs, with an apparent passage and possible staircase within the thickness of the wall and an scarcement on the seaward side. The wall is slightlly curved, with the bow facing landward, but there is no sign of a return along the clifftop.
The entrance arrangements noted by the OS are still visible.
JW visited in the company of M.Wildgoose, S.Birch and M.Carmichael on 30/5/02.
Photographs of the site were submitted to the HER by Mary Peteranna in June 2011. <1>
This site was included in the Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland online database. See link below for site entry. <2>
- --- Text/Publication/Article: MacKie, E W. 1965. 'The origin and development of the broch and wheelhouse building cultures of the Scottish Iron Age', Proc Prehist Soc Vol. 31 1965, p.93-146. Proc Prehist Soc. 93-146. 104, 139; pls. xviii, xix.
- --- Text/Publication/Volume: Feachem, R W. 1963. A Guide to Prehistoric Scotland. 1st. 185.
- --- Text/Publication/Volume: MacKie, E W. 1975. Scotland: an archaeological guide: from the earliest times to the twelfth century. 165-6; fig. 24; plan.
- --- Text/Report: RCAHMS. 1928. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Ninth report with inventory of monuments and constructions in the Outer Hebrides, Skye and the Small Isles. . 144, No. 483; fig. 296.
- <1> Text/Correspondence: Private individual. 2008-11. Feedback from website visitor. Yes. Digital. Mary Peteranna, 18-06-2011.
- <2> Interactive Resource/Online Database: Lock, G. & Ralston, I.. 2017. Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland. SC2697.
|Grid reference||Centred NG 3957 1597 (80m by 80m) (Buffered by site type)|
|Geographical Area||SKYE AND LOCHALSH|
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External Links (3)
- http://hillforts.arch.ox.ac.uk/records/SC2697.html (Link to online Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland site entry)
- http://portal.historicenvironment.scot/designation/SM926 (Online designation description (Historic Environment Scotland))
- https://canmore.org.uk/site/11021 (View RCAHMS Canmore entry for this site)
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