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Ardifuir

Dun (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Ardifuir

Classification Dun (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 39153

Site Number NR79NE 9

NGR NR 7912 9739

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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

Archaeology Notes

NR79NE 9 7912 9739.

NR 790 971. A small dun, 36' x 30' overall occupies a small stop on a spur c. 400yds N of NR79NE 2. Its entrance is probably in the NW, but the walling is much tumbled. There is a possible lower terrace.

M Campbell and M Sandeman 1964; D Christison 1904.

NR 7912 9739. The tumbled remains of a near-circular dun measuring about 13.0m in diameter between tumbled walls 3.0m-4.0m wide. Along the E and W sides, several large boulders support the wall. Although there is no clear entrance it was almost certainly on the NE where the wall is less pronouced and access is easiest. The interior is featureless.

Below the dun on the NE, several earthfast boulders form a crude rectangular enclosure measuring c. 0.9m x 5.0m internally.

Terraces below the knoll on the S and E are wholly natural.

Surveyed at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (WDR) 3 May 1973; Information from OS (RD) 6 April 1970.

No change to the report of 3 May 1973.

Surveyed at 1/10,000.

Visited by OS (BS) 1 February 1977.

On the summit of a conspicuous rocky knoll 500 m NNE of the dun, Ardifuir 1 (NR79NE 2), there is a ruined dun with its outwork (Campbell and Sandeman 1964). The dun measures 14m by 12m within a wall some 3m thick, which follows the edge of the summit except on the NE, where it diverges slightly as it crosses the easiest line of approach. Several well-preserved stretches of the outer face survive, standing up to 0.4m in height in two carefully laid courses, which are set, on the NW, about 2m below the level of the interior. The position of the entrance is uncertain, but it was probably on the NE.

A lower terrace on the S was enclosed by a wall, which is reduced to an intermittent band of rubble about l.5m thick, in which a few outer facing-stones remain in position.

Visited June 1981

RCAHMS 1988

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