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Dun Ardifur

Site/Artefact
Dun Ardifur 1

Type
Fort

Site Number

National Grid Reference
1789 East
6969 North

Map ( 1:25000)
Ordnance Survey Explorer No 358

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Excavation Details
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:

Description
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

Access/Ownership
Located on the Polltalloch estate, permission should be sought

References

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Mid-Argyll Sites and Artefacts

 1. Kilmory Oib
 2. Druim an Dúin
 3. Duntroon
 4. Dún Ardifur 1
 5. Eilean Rígh 1
 6. Dún Chonaillach
 7. Loch Awe Crannogs
 8. Torran Hoard
 9. Dún na Nighinne
10. Kilmartin Parish Church
11. Temple Wood Stone Circles
12. Ogham stone, Poltalloch
13. Barnakil Cross
14. Kilbride Chapel
15. Kilbride Crosses
16. Dunadd Fort
17. In Nomine disk
18. Brooch Moulds
19. Dunadd cross-marked quern
20. Loch Glashan Crannog
21. Glebe Cairn

22. Nether Largie North
23. Nether Largie Mid
24. Nether Largie South
25. Ri Cruin
26. Nether Largie
27. Ballymeanoch - Stones
28. Ballymeanoch - Henge
29. Ballymeanoch - Cairn
30. Dunchragaig
31. Baluachraig
32. Carnassarie Castle
33. BallymeanocH - Barrow
34. Dun Mac Samhainn
35. Glenmoine, Upper Largie
36. Creag a' Mhadaidh
37. Carnassarie - Round Cairn
38. Carnasserie - Standing Stones
39. Carnasserie - Cist
40. Carnasserie Cottage
41. Upper Largie - Cist
42. Upper Largie - Rock Carvings

43. Nether Largie
44. Poltalloch - Cist
45. Poltalloch - cists
46. Bruach an Druimein
47. Dunchraigaig - Dun
48. Poltalloch - Round Cairn
49. Rownfield - Cist
50. Ballymeanoch - Cist
51. Poltalloch - Cists
52. Ballymeanoch - Dun
53. Dunadd - Standing Stones
54. Dunadd - Standing Stone
55. Baile Mor - Dun
56. Anaskeog - Rock Carvings
57. Bariole
58. Rhudil - Round Cairn 1
59. Rhudil - Round Cairn 2
60. Kilmartin Castle
61. Slockavullin
62. Rowanfield - Standing Stone
63. Poltalloch - Cremation

 

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