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Platform(S) (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Dornie

Classification Platform(S) (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 123631

Site Number NG82NE 52

NGR NG 887 253

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Kintail
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Skye And Lochalsh
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NG82NE 52 887 253

NG 887 253 Survey and excavation were carried out on a series of previously unrecorded platforms on a tree-covered ridge to the NE of the A87. Remedial works to stabilise the hill slope following a landslide necessitated the destruction of the southern edge of the site, which consists of a series of platforms at different levels on a ridge. The platforms have been created by connecting bedrock outcrops with revetting walls. Rubble and soil dumped behind the walls serves to build up a level ground surface. Walls delimit access from the SE, where there is an isolated platform. A well-defined pathway, enhanced in two places by revetting walls, dog-legs up the S side of the ridge to the platforms. It is probable that this path originally continued to the edge of Loch Duich.

Excavation demonstrated the artificial nature of the platforms, but did not reveal any features on them, except for a small, low, oval stone arrangement on one of the lower platforms. A rectangular pit, 1 x 0.6m and 0.35m deep, was discovered beneath these stones. Worked quartz, 19th-century pottery, glass and iron objects were found in the dumped material behind the walls. None of these artefacts were securely sealed. However, securely sealed charcoal was recovered, and is to be submitted for dating.

An Iron Age or Early Historic date is generally assumed for fortified ridge sites. However, in general such sites include a dun. Dun Mor, despite its name, does not have a dun, and the revetting walls do not appear defensive in intent. The function of the site remains unknown. Possibilities include: seasonal occupation; cultivation terraces; a folly; a landscaped garden; and a ?lookout post?. The oval stone feature does not sit easily with any of these explanations.

A data structure report has been lodged with the NMRS.

Sponsor: Highland Council.

T Neighbour 1997


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