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Ben Rulibreck,dun 570m north east of,Vatersay

A Scheduled Monument in Barraigh, Bhatarsaigh, Eirisgeigh agus Uibhist a Deas, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 56.9189 / 56°55'7"N

Longitude: -7.5454 / 7°32'43"W

OS Eastings: 62697

OS Northings: 794539

OS Grid: NL626945

Mapcode National: GBR 7BRF.JQN

Mapcode Global: WGV5D.2C78

Entry Name: Ben Rulibreck,dun 570m NE of,Vatersay

Scheduled Date: 12 November 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5206

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun

Location: Barra

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Barraigh, Bhatarsaigh, Eirisgeigh agus Uibhist a Deas

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument consists of the remains of a dun, a fortified settlement of middle to late Iron Age date (c.200 BC to c. 600 AD), situated upon a small hill. The stonework of the dun has been largely removed, but sufficient remains to suggest it was oval in plan, 12.7m N-S by 10.4m E-W, over walls about 3.5m thick. The dun was surrounded by a substantial outer wall, of which only a few large boulders on the S slope of the hill and a stretch of walling 10m to the E of the dun survive.

Between the outer wall and the dun is a small courtyard about 10m square. The area to be scheduled is a quadrilateral, 50m E-W by a maximum of 35m N-S, to include the dun and the outer walling. The N boundary is formed by an existing fence which is specifically excluded from the scheduling. The area is marked in red on the accompanying plan.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for the information which it contains, and which will be accessible to excavation, concerning defensive architecture in the Iron Age and also concerning domestic and agricultural economy in that period. Considerable depths of archaeological deposits survive at several locations on the monument. The monument has great potential to enhance our knowledge of the Iron Age in Atlantic Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NL 69 SW 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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