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Bellfield, fort and dun 250m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in South Kintyre, Argyll and Bute

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.4322 / 55°25'55"N

Longitude: -5.5907 / 5°35'26"W

OS Eastings: 172927

OS Northings: 621231

OS Grid: NR729212

Mapcode National: IRL Y3.B8Y1

Mapcode Global: GBR DGKC.5XZ

Entry Name: Bellfield, fort and dun 250m NE of

Scheduled Date: 8 April 1975

Last Amended: 12 December 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3644

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun

Location: Campbeltown

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: South Kintyre

Traditional County: Argyllshire

Description

The monument comprises a fort and later dun on the crest of a rocky ridge. The fort measures about 42.5 x 30.5m within two ramparts which are presently defined by low scarps. On the W both lines of rampart have been disturbed by cultivation. Much of the interior of the fort is covered by the dun, which is oval in plan and measures internally about 15m x 12m. Its wall consists of a band of debris about 3m thick. There is no clear indication of the position of the entrance. There are two small circular hollows in the interior of the dun, the larger of which is about 4m across and has a low stone bank arounds its edge.

The area to be scheduled measures 100m E-W and 110m N-S to include the fort, the dun and an area around these monuments in which traces of activities associated with their use may survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as it represents a rare vertical sequence of later prehistoric fortification. The fort predates the dun and the close association of the two monuments preserves important information on the sequence and nature of fort development in this part of Scotland. The fort and dun also incorporate information about prehistoric defensive architecture.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS record the site as NR72SW 5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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