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Dail Nan Ceann

Battle Site (Period Unknown), Cairn(S) (Prehistoric)

Site Name Dail Nan Ceann

Classification Battle Site (Period Unknown), Cairn(S) (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 22571

Site Number NM70SE 2

NGR NM 7777 0445

NGR Description NM 7777 0445 and NM 7790 0433

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Craignish
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NM70SE 2 7777 0445 and 7790 0433.

(Name: NM 7780 0444) Cairns (NR)

(Name: NM 7790 0435) Site of Conflict between the Scots and Danes (NAT) OS 6" map, Argyllshire, 2nd ed., (1900)

There are two cairns situated close together on 25' raised beach; the S one is 38' in diameter and the other is 35' in diameter. Both have central hollows which suggest plundering. They are said to mark the site of a battle between the Danes and the Scots, which took place here at some unknown date.

M Campbell and M Sandeman 1964; Name Book 1872; New Statistical Account (NSA) 1845.

NM 7775 0445. Two very similar bare mounds of stone each 12.0m in diameter, the northernmost is 1.4m high, the other 1.6m high. Both mounds are mutilated and there are traces of old field walls in the immediate vicinity.

Visited by OS (WDJ) 23 April 1970.

Field System: A cleared strip of ground immediately adjacent to the two round cairns is enclosed by parallel dykes c.15m apart. This strip is subdivided by at least four cross dykes into regular rectangular plots. The strip is some 110m long and is encroached upon by rig and furrow.

P Hill and J Barrett 1976; RCAHMS 1988.


Field Visit (March 1985)

There are two cairns at the end of a ridge 750m NNW of Barrackan overlooking the S end of the bay known as Bagh Dail nan Ceann (Campbell and Sandeman 1964). The NE cairn is 11.5m in diameter and 1.4m high; although it has been robbed, it is likely that any burials remain undisturbed. The other cairn, which is situated 2m to the SW is up to 12m in diameter and 1.8m high, with what may be several large kerbstones on the perimeter; a lambing-pen has been built within the cairn material in the NE quadrant.

Visited March 1985



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