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Archaeology Notes

Event ID 658839

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Archaeology Notes

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/event/658839

NG37SE 4 3726 7161.

(NG 3726 7161) Dun Bornaskitaig (NR)

OS 6"map, (1966)

Dun Bornaskitaig, a ruinous broch on a flat topped rocky eminence. It survives as a turf covered mound c.1.8m high with about a dozen outer facing stones visible. Around the periphery giving an overall diameter of 18.0m. The centre of the mound is occupied by a late rectangular building which has obliterated all internal features. Two stones on edge 1.1m apart in the W arc may be part of the entrance. There is no trace of the alleged entrance in the N noted by RCAHMS (1928).

Around the broch conforming to the rim of the eminence is a robbed stone wall, oval on plan, varying between 2.4m and 3.2m in width, and enclosing an area measuring 44.0m N-S by 22.0m transversely. The footings of the outer face are visible intermittently and one or two stones of the inner face can be seen in the N and SE. A gap in the SE is probably the entrance. This may be an outwork contemporary with the broch, but it would form a strong defence on its own and could well be the remains of an earlier fort.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (I S S) 15 September 1971.

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