Scheduled Monument

An Dun,fortSM6234

Status: Designated

Documents

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The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.

Summary

Date Added
24/10/1995
Supplementary Information Updated
03/02/2021
Type
Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill fort and promontory fort)
Local Authority
Highland
Parish
Gairloch
NGR
NG 80274 75342
Coordinates
180274, 875342

Description

This monument consists of a small fort on a coastal promontory.

The fort measures 20m N-S by 14m E-W and consists of the grass-grown remains of a wall, which is best preserved on the SE side where it survives to about 1.5m above the interior of the fort; elsewhere the wall survives to no more than about 0.6m in height and in places it appears to have slipped down the cliff face. The interior of the fort appears to be fairly flat and is grass-covered. On the S there are traces of an entrance formed by a gap in the wall; vitrified stone has been recorded in the past from either side of the entrance. Outside the entrance is a causeway which is defined by a natural gully on the E - the gully to the W has probably been deepened by excavation to strengthen the fort's defences.

The area to be scheduled measures 100m NNW-SSE by 60m E-W, to include the fort and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the fort may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric defensive architecture and domestic life.

References

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NG 87 NW 6.

About Scheduled Monuments

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We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Scheduling is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for monuments and archaeological sites of national importance as set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

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