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Dunan nan Nighean,dun,Colonsay

A Scheduled Monument in Kintyre and the Islands, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.1011 / 56°6'3"N

Longitude: -6.1573 / 6°9'26"W

OS Eastings: 141572

OS Northings: 697602

OS Grid: NR415976

Mapcode National: GBR CD5L.BHB

Mapcode Global: WGZGG.DX66

Entry Name: Dunan nan Nighean,dun,Colonsay

Scheduled Date: 22 August 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5226

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun

Location: Colonsay and Oronsay

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Kintyre and the Islands

Traditional County: Argyllshire


Dunan nan Nighean stands on a rocky knoll. It is a small drystone Iron Age fort with a more slightly built annex. The dun itself is D-shaped on plan, approximately 12m by 10m overall. The annex lies to the E, and is of similar dimensions. The entrance to the dun is on the E, and is well preserved, with three lintels over the passage.

The area to be scheduled includes the dun, entrance passage and annex, and a surrounding area extending up to the edge of the rock scarp on the NW, W and S, and 10m from the walls of the dun and annex on the NE, E and SE, an area measuring overall some 40m east-west by 20m north-south.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of the evidence that it provides, and has the potential to provide through excavation, for settlement, economy and defensive architecture in the Iron Age (c. 600 BC ' c. AD 400).

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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