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James's Temple,dun 400m north of Culnacraigh

A Scheduled Monument in Black Isle, Highland

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Latitude: 57.54 / 57°32'24"N

Longitude: -4.2398 / 4°14'23"W

OS Eastings: 266024

OS Northings: 852198

OS Grid: NH660521

Mapcode National: GBR H8XS.LNL

Mapcode Global: WH3DY.VR73

Entry Name: James's Temple,dun 400m N of Culnacraigh

Scheduled Date: 30 September 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4562

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun

Location: Knockbain

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Black Isle

Traditional County: Ross-shire


The monument consists of the remains of an oval dun on the top of Drumderfit Hill. It measures overall 17m NE/SW by 11m transversely. The entrance lies on the ENE and appears to have a width of 1 m defined by two stone blocks set on edge. The wall is turf covered; it measures 3.5 m across in the NE and SW and 2.5 m across in the SE. 6 inner wall face stones are visible as are four exterior wall face stones up to 1 m tall. The area to be scheduled is oval and measures 40m NE/SW by 30m transversely as delineated in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it can increase understanding of the construction techniques of prehistoric fortifications and because it is a rare north eastern Scottish example of a type prevalent in the West and thus has the potential for increasing understanding of the relationship between disparate peoples in prehistoric Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is RCAHMS number NH 65 SE 6.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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