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An Dun, Doune

Broch (Iron Age)(Possible)

Site Name An Dun, Doune

Classification Broch (Iron Age)(Possible)

Canmore ID 4873

Site Number NC40SW 2

NGR NC 4445 0085

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Kincardine (Sutherland)
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Sutherland
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NC40SW 2 4445 0085.

(NC 44370084) An Dun (NR) (site of supposed Pictish Fort).

OS 6"map, Sutherland, 2nd ed., (1875)

The site of a 'doune' on a small knoll. The stones have been removed for building purposes except for 'a part of the base which is grown over and now resembles the rocky ground around.'

Name Book 1875.

The summit of the natural knoll about 18m in diameter and disturbed by turf-covered stones and an old field wall which crosses it from north to south. The site is a likely one for a broch, but no trace of any structure can be seen.

Visited by OS (W D J) 3 April 1963.

The site of the possible broch, as described in the previous field report, is at NC 4445 0085. No name is known locally.

Visited by OS(J B) 21 September 1976.


Field Visit (10 September 1943)

This site was recorded as part of the RCAHMS Emergency Survey, undertaken by Angus Graham and Vere Gordon Childe during World War 2. The project archive has been catalogued during 2013-2014 and the material, which includes notebooks, manuscripts, typescripts, plans and photographs, is now available online.

Information from RCAHMS (GF Geddes) 4 December 2014.

Publication Account (2007)


NC/ 4445 0085

This possible broch in Kincardine stands on a small knoll (visited Oct. 1984). Most of the stones have been taken away but in 1875 part of the circular wall base was apparently visible [1]. Nothing can be seen now although the situation is a likely one for a broch [1].

Source: NMRS site no. NC 40 SW 2.

E W MacKie 2007

Archaeological Evaluation (21 March 2011 - 20 May 2011)

Desk-based assessment and trial trenching evaluation were undertaken at Doune, Strath Oykel, Sutherland to establish the nature of a recorded archaeological feature which could be affected by the construction of a house. Archaeological evidence was discovered but its extent is limited and its nature is unclear. It is recommended that the archaeological area should either be preserved in situ, or recorded fully if removal is unavoidable.

Information from OASIS ID: highland4-101448 (J Wood) 2011


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