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Burnbank,fort 800m north east of,Sanna

A Scheduled Monument in Fort William and Ardnamurchan, Highland

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Latitude: 56.7551 / 56°45'18"N

Longitude: -6.1756 / 6°10'31"W

OS Eastings: 144861

OS Northings: 770398

OS Grid: NM448703

Mapcode National: GBR CB4V.VGX

Mapcode Global: WGZCC.3GJS

Entry Name: Burnbank,fort 800m NE of,Sanna

Scheduled Date: 10 April 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6172

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Ardnamurchan

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Fort William and Ardnamurchan

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument consists of a fort situated on a rocky headland.

The approach from the landward side is across uneven rocky ground and the flanks are protected by sheer precipices. A heavy stone wall has been drawn across the base of the promontory cutting off an area measuring approximately 65m N-S by 40m E-W. The wall survives as a stony bank 3.7m in average thickness and up to 1m high. Several stones indicate the position of the outer wall face, but no inner facing stones can be seen.

The entrance is a narrow gap in the wall just slightly to the W of the centre of the wall. A short length of outer wall at this point protects the entrance. Much of the interior of the fort is occupied by bare rock, but immediately to the N of the main wall are two grassy shelves which are probably the sites of prehistoric dwellings.

The area to be scheduled measures 110m E-W by a maximum of 100m N-S, to include the fort and an area around it in which traces of activities associated with the construction and occupation of the fort may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric defensive architecture and domestic life.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM 47 SW 1.


RCAHMS (1972) Argyll Inventory, Vol. 3, No. 155.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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