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An island, partly or wholly artificial, often formed by dumping timber, earth and stones and revetted with timber piles or a palisade. Built in a loch, wetland or estuary and dating from prehistory to medieval.


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ARTIFICIAL ISLAND An artificial island with no visible traces of occupation.
BROCH An Iron Age round defended house, found mainly in the north and west of Scotland. Brochs have a tapering profile and thick, usually hollow dry stone walls which contain galleries, cells and a stairway, with guard cells at the entrance.
DUN A building or settlement enclosure with a thick drystone wall, generally circular or oval in plan, usually sited in an elevated position.
FORTIFIED ISLAND An island, natural or partly artificial, with evidence for a defensive perimeter wall. Use more specific terms where possible.
GALLERIED DUN A building or settlement enclosure, generally circular or oval in plan, with a double-skinned dry stone wall which often contains galleries and a stairway. Usually sited in an elevated position.
HOUSE A building designed for human habitation, usually as a permanent dwelling. Use specific term where known.
ISLAND DWELLING A small, sometimes partly artificial, island with evidence of buildings and other structures related to domestic occupation, generally of medieval date. Linked Data resource