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Knock,dun 1200m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Eilean á Chèo, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1206 / 57°7'14"N

Longitude: -5.8348 / 5°50'5"W

OS Eastings: 167962

OS Northings: 809828

OS Grid: NG679098

Mapcode National: GBR C9ZX.24J

Mapcode Global: WGZ9S.B9S2

Entry Name: Knock,dun 1200m NE of

Scheduled Date: 31 July 1934

Last Amended: 23 February 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM922

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun; Secular: shieling

Location: Sleat

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Eilean á Chèo

Traditional County: Inverness-shire

Description

This monument is a dun, a later prehistoric defensive building, located on a rock knoll.

The pear-shaped summit of the knoll has been defended by a massive wall of drystone build, which appears to have been about 3m wide and can be traced around the whole summit, although at the W it has almost disappeared. At its E it is preserved to a maximum height of almost 1m. The SW section of the dun is slightly higher than the NE and has been cut off by a curved wall. The slopes of the eminence are very steep, except to the S at which point a path approaches the dun. A small shieling is located to the SW of the dun. There are traces of possible outworks to the N and S of the dun on the hill slopes.

The area to be scheduled measures 130m NE-SW by 50m, to include the dun, the shieling and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the dun may survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric domestic life and defensive architecture. Although no visible traces of occupation survive inside the dun excavation of comparable sites suggests that archaeological deposits will survive within the interior.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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The monument is RCAHMS number NG 60 NE 5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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