Archaeology

Castle Dounie

In 2011 Kilmartin Museum was commissioned to partially excavate the entranceway of Castle Dounie Dun prior to the realignment of the access path to the monument and the work was funded by the Forestry Commission.

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Barnluasgan Dun

Some of the most intriguing monuments that pepper Argyll are Forts and Duns. Many were likely constructed in the Iron Age, although some like Dunadd were occupied in later periods.

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Balure Dun

The dun structure at Balure in North Knapdale only came to light during forest clearance in 2004 and its discovery has shown that there are important monuments still to be found in the Argyll landscape.

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Carnasserie

In 2008 walkover surveys were conducted at Carnassarie and Ormaig. This work was then followed up by excavations at a previously unrecorded, platform at Carnassarie and the cup and ring marked site of Ormaig.

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Dun Mhurich 2012

As part of this project we undertook preliminary excavation and survey work at the Scheduled site of Dun Mhuirich in North Knapdale, Argyll. The site is likely a dun structure dating to the late Iron Age period (c. 2000 years old) but of particular interest were a set of buildings within the dun that were obviously of later, but unknown date

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Dun Mhurich 2013

The site at Dun Mhuirich, just south of Tayvallich, sits on the summit of a steep sided rocky knoll next to an arm of Loch Sween. The fortifications consist today of two stone walled enclosures and outlying walls, the earliest of which were built in the Iron Age, around 2,000 years ago. Evidence from the excavation tells us that the site was occupied possibly periodically for the next 1,600 years.

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Carnasserie Cist

During the spring of 2013 Rosemary Neagle the owner of Carnassarie farm discovered what she thought was the capstone of a cist which we proceeded to excavate. The cist was well built and cut into natural bedrock with commanding views south over Kilmartin Glen.

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