Colonsay, Dun Meadhonach

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Site Type DUN
Canmore ID 37893
Site Number NR39SE 2
NGR NR 3650 9472
Former District ARGYLL AND BUTE
Former County ARGYLL
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NR39SE 2 3650 9472.

(NR 3650 9472) Dun Meadhonach (NR)
OS 6" map (1900)

A small dun which shows signs of having been occupied in comparatively recent times. Slight excavation in its kitchen-midden revealed a quantity of bones of domestic animals.
S Grieve 1923

Not located.
S Piggott and C M Piggott 1948

An oval dun, measuring internally 21.0m E-W by 13.0m, occupies the top of a rocky knoll. The wall is best preserved in the W where it is up to 2.8m wide and three courses high. Elsewhere, only a scattering of stones survives. The entrance is not apparant, but was probably in the E. The interior is flat and featureless. Below the dun, to the SE, are two small plots, defined by the slight remains of a field dyke.
Surveyed at 1:2500.
Visited by OS (BS) 6 April 1974

This dun occupies a detached rocky knoll, some 12m high, situated 250 m SW of'Seaview' on the fringe of the massif that forms the central ridge of Colonsay.
Subrectangular on plan, the dun measures 16m by 6m within a wall some 2.8m thick. Several stretches of the outer
face remain in position standing at best to a height of O.5m in four courses. A gap in the wall debris at the NE end indicates the position of the entrance at a point where access to the summit along a series of rocky terraces is most favourable.
Visited June 1976

Books and References

Grieve, S (1923) The book of Colonsay and Oronsay: forty-four years of research and discovery in early Scoto-Irish, Norse and Danish history [...], 2v Edinburgh
Page(s): Vol.2, 262 Held at RCAHMS D.11.13.COL

PSAS (1985) 'Donations to and purchases for the Museum and Library', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol.114
Page(s): 597

Piggott and Piggott, S and C M (1948) 'Field work on Colonsay and Islay, 1944-45', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol.80
Page(s): 87 Held at RCAHMS E.7.1.PIG.P

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