An Dun, fort, Dun DeardailSM2893
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- Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill fort and promontory fort); well
- Local Authority
- NN 12708 70150
- 212708, 770150
The monument consists of a vitrified fort which occupies the sloping summit of a hill on the W flank of Glen Nevis.
The fort is roughly pear-shaped on plan. Its internal measurements are about 46m ENE-WSW by about 27m at its widest in the WSW and about 11m at its narrowest in the ENE. It is defined by a ruinous stone wall which is spread to a maximum width of 8m and survives to a maximum height of 2.5m. The wall contains numerous fragments of vitrified rock. The interior slopes down from E to W and in the E there are 2 stony scarps defining 2 level platforms. The entrance is on the W and is marked by a gap in the wall at its lowest point. Faint traces can be seen of a path running up the NW slope of the hill to the entrance. At the base of the N slope there is a circular depression about 4m in diameter and 0.5m deep. This would appear to be a well or cistern. Fragments of the vitrified rampart litter the N slope of the hill between the fort and well.
The area to be scheduled measures 125m NNW-SSE by a maximum of 95m WSW-ENE, to include the fort, tumble from its vitrified rampart, the well and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the fort may survive, as shown on the accompanying map extract.
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