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The site was excavated in 1904. Debris was cleared from the interior to reveal a strip of paving by the entrance. No other structural features were noted.
Artefacts discovered include:
- polished stone axe, four whetstones, quartzite polisher
- stone mould, sandstone whorl, perforated discs, bronze ring
- fragment of samian ware (2nd C. AD) and pottery sherd
Extremely well preserved dun measuring 19m in diameter and situated in a position offering little natural protection. The drystonewall is carefully built, the blocks having been regularly shaped or carefully selected, with small pinnings being used to make courses level. Almost all inner and outer faces of the wall can be traced and it is 3.5m at its widest. The inner face, which is stepped back to form a ledge at 1.8m high, rises to 2.6m high, and the outer to 3m high (twenty courses). The entrance is on the WSW side and a doorway gives access to a flight of four steps leading down to an intramural cell. To the north there is an opening to provide access for an intramural stair of which more than thirteen steps remain.
The form of construction suggests the 1st to 2nd century AD as the date of construction, but objects found there such as a crucible and imported pottery show that it was a site of some status in the 6th to 8th century AD. Was there continuous occupation and use between these two dates, or was it abandoned and subsequently reoccupied?
Contemporary with other key fortified sites such as Dunadd, Ardifur probably played a key role in the development of the Dalriada expansion
Located on the Polltalloch estate, permission should be sought
- Campbell and Sandeman, 40, no.283
- PSAS 39 (1904-5) p259-270
- PSAS 66 (1931-2) p385
- PSAS 95 (1960-1) p40 no. 283
- RCAHMS Argyll vol. 6. no. 270
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Mid-Argyll Sites and Artefacts
Mayo - Vestvågøy - Mid-Argyll
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