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Dun Evan,fort

A Scheduled Monument in Nairn and Cawdor, Highland

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Latitude: 57.5032 / 57°30'11"N

Longitude: -3.958 / 3°57'28"W

OS Eastings: 282771

OS Northings: 847579

OS Grid: NH827475

Mapcode National: GBR J8LW.PPQ

Mapcode Global: WH4GF.5NHV

Entry Name: Dun Evan,fort

Scheduled Date: 3 December 1969

Last Amended: 11 January 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2896

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Cawdor

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Nairn and Cawdor

Traditional County: Nairnshire


Dun Evan is a fort with outworks which occupies the fairly level summit of a steep-sided rocky hill. The fort measures about 56m NE-SW by 23m NW-SE. The defences consist of a turf covered wall which is spread to about 10m across and survives to about 0.4m in height. Traces of vitrification have been recorded in the rampart. The entrance is to the NE of the fort and is defined by a low dip in the wall. Around the fort at a lower level is another wall which, except to the N, has tumbled down the slope. The course of this outer wall is marked by a stony terrace. The outer rampart is heavily defended on the NE to protect the main means of access to the fort. The approach to the fort is up a terrace 4m wide, which may be partly of relatively modern construction.

The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 180m SW-NE by 85m NW-SE, to include the fort and outworks, as shown in red on the attached map. The forestry plantation partially overlaps the outer rampart to the N of the fort and this is excluded from the scheduled area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric defensive architecture. The fort will also incorporate important information on the economy and domestic life of the community who built and lived within it.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is RCAHMS number NH 84 NW 5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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