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Dun Fhionnairidh, fort 540m SSE of Salachan

A Scheduled Monument in Fort William and Ardnamurchan, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.5533 / 56°33'11"N

Longitude: -5.8823 / 5°52'56"W

OS Eastings: 161503

OS Northings: 746893

OS Grid: NM615468

Mapcode National: GBR CCVD.JD6

Mapcode Global: WGZDG.MK31

Entry Name: Dun Fhionnairidh, fort 540m SSE of Salachan

Scheduled Date: 23 June 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7781

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Morvern

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Fort William and Ardnamurchan

Traditional County: Argyllshire

Description

The monument comprises a fort of prehistoric date. The monument lies on the level summit of a prominent steep-sided hill near the mouth of the Abhainn Shalachain, at around 60m OD. It comprises a fort measuring approximately 28m E-W by about 23m transversely.

It is defined by the ruins of a single wall, visible for most of its extent as a grass-covered scatter of core material measuring up to 2m wide. On the SW, two of the outer facing stones are visible. Forts of this type are characteristic of the Iron Age.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around within which related material may be expected to survive. It is circular on plan, 50m in diameter, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric defended settlement and economy. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Sources

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NM 64 NW 2.

References:

OSA (1791-9) The statistical account of Scotland, drawn up from the communications of the ministers of the different parishes, in Sinclair, J (Sir) Vol. 10, 274-5, Edinburgh.

Ordnance Survey (Name Book) Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey, Book No. 71, 94.

RCAHMS (1980) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Argyll: an inventory of the monuments volume 3: Mull, Tiree, Coll and Northern Argyll (excluding the early medieval and later monuments of Iona), 78, No. 137, Edinburgh.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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