Eilean Na Circe

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Canmore ID 39073
Site Number NR78NE 3
NGR NR 7669 8928
Former District ARGYLL AND BUTE
Former County ARGYLL
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NR78NE 3 7669 8928.

(NR 7669 8930) Fort (NR)
OS 6" map, Argyllshire, 2nd ed., (1924)

The remains consist of an outer oval wall, enclosing a space c.120' long, and rectangular buildings occupying the interior. The outer wall is best seen for 40' at the N end where it is well built, stands several feet high, and indistinguishable from prehistoric masonry. The rectangular buildings on the level top of the rock, ? Medieval, stand several feet high.
D Christison 1904.

The remains on Eilean na Circe consist of two dry-stone rectangular buildings enclosed by a wall 1.3m wide and 0.8m high. In the S the wall forms a bastion-like structure 3.0m in diameter and in the W it ends on a platform made from stone rubble, in the centre of which is a gap which may be a slipway.
Nowhere does there appear to be any prehistoric work and the probability is that this is a fortified dwelling.
Surveyed at 1/10,000.
Visited by OS (IA) 31 May 1973.

NR 7670 8929. No change to the report of 31 May 1973.
Surveyed at 1/10,000.
Visited by OS (BS) 24 January 1977.

Books and References

Campbell, M (1985) 'Eilean na Circe: first impressions and second thoughts', The Kist, vol.29 (Spring 1985)
Page(s): 19-23

Christison, D (1904b) 'The forts of Kilmartin, Kilmichael Glassery, and North Knapdale, Argyll', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol.38
Page(s): 241-3 plan

Wheeler, M W (1984) 'Eilean na Circe: Caol Scotnish', The Kist, vol.28 (Autumn 1984)
Page(s): 22-3

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