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Loch an Duin,dun,Shader

A Scheduled Monument in An Taobh Siar agus Nis, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 58.3997 / 58°23'58"N

Longitude: -6.4642 / 6°27'51"W

OS Eastings: 139282

OS Northings: 954360

OS Grid: NB392543

Mapcode National: GBR B6FJ.FWQ

Mapcode Global: WGY24.P40K

Entry Name: Loch an Duin,dun,Shader

Scheduled Date: 6 April 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5364

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun

Location: Barvas

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: An Taobh Siar agus Nis

Traditional County: Ross-shire


The monument consists of the remains of a galleried dun, a fortified structure of Iron Age date, probably occupied into the early medieval period.

The dun is approached by a substantial boulder causeway. Debris obscures the inner and outer faces of the defences. These appear to be well preserved: most of the outer wall can be discerned (an approximate measurement would be 18m NE-SW by 17m transversely). There is an interior wall with the remains of corbelled cells on the NW and SE sides.

The area to be scheduled is irregular and measures a maximum of 80m E-W by 25m N-S, to include the dun and the causeway as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a well preserved example of a late prehistoric defensive settlement. It provides evidence, and has the potential to provide further evidence through excavation, for construction methods, domestic occupation, material culture and land use in the later prehistoric period. The importance of the monument is enhanced by the possibility of continuity of use into the medieval period suggested by local tradition.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NB 35 SE 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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