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Dun Mara,dun

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

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Latitude: 58.4843 / 58°29'3"N

Longitude: -6.2998 / 6°17'59"W

OS Eastings: 149481

OS Northings: 963140

OS Grid: NB494631

Mapcode National: GBR B6T9.K67

Mapcode Global: WGY1V.60CQ

Entry Name: Dun Mara,dun

Scheduled Date: 17 February 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5352

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 fortified promontory of Iron Age date known as Dun Mara.

The main structure is oval on plan with a well defined outer face measuring externally c.28m NW-SE by c.23m transversely. In the centre of the dun are the sub-rectangular footings of two buildings, the NE one divided into two cells. There is an outer defence consisting of a ditch and turf-built wall separating the promontory from the surrounding area.

The area to be scheduled is irregular and measures a maximum of 100m NW-SE by 70m E-W to be centred on the dun and including an area of surrounding land which may contain evidence of activity associated with its construction and use. This area is marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a good example of a late prehistoric defensive site. It preserves evidence of, and has the potential to provide evidence through excavation for, settlement, construction practices, material culture and land-use of its former inhabitants.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NB 46 SE 5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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