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Dunadd Fort

Site/Artefact
Dunadd Fort

Type
Fort

Site Number

National Grid Reference
1837 East
6935 North

Map ( 1:25000)
Ordnance Survey Explorer No 358

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Excavation Details
Excavations here in 1904-5, 1925 and 1980-1 showed Dunadd's central importance in 6th-8th centuries AD with its domineering architecture and rich goods imported from Britain and the Continent. There is evidence for metalworking and for ecclesiastical influence. Rock carvings suggest it may have been where early kings were inaugurated.

Description
Rising out of the Great Moss, Dunadd, worn down by successive ice-ages, stands sentinel as the River Add snakes around its feet. Since prehistory, people have been drawn by its powerful setting and have left their marks: the footprints of the Dalriadic Kings, the carved wild boar of the Picts, enigmatic messages in the early Celtic script - subtle evidence of comings and goings, feuds and unions. It was here the Scottish nation was born.

Dunadd rises out of the flat flood plain, the undrained portion of which is still raised bog (Moine Mhor) which can be seen by the dark vegetation in the distance. The River Add can be seen meandering towards the sea at Crinan. The island of Jura and Scarba can be seen on the horizon.

Access/Ownership
The site is managed by Historic Scotland with free access from dedicated car park close by.

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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