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Rudh'an Duin (9812)

Current Priority
2
East
78610
North
876180
Site Type
Dun
Period
1st Millennium BC - 1st Millennium AD

The remains of this dun are in a good state of preservation, except for the SE segment which has been almost completely destroyed by sea-erosion. The dun is almost circular, having an overall diameter of 24.5m, the walls varying in thickness from 5.0m to 6.2m. The well-preserved entrance is in the NW and appears to lead to a small natural harbour. The entrance is 1.3m wide, its side walls 1.0m high, and has a paved floor: There were no indications of chambers in these side walls, or of a door-check. Finds retrieved by Beveridge included pottery, hammerstones, a fragment of bronze and fragments of an iron long sword, in addition to kitchen-midden remains. These are in the NMAS.

ShoreUPDATE June 2015

site degrading. Southern half heavily eroded. High tide covers ruin.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Fair
Action
Visit - check condition; characterise site and obtain dating evidence ;
Survey site - using several techniques to characterise site

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Record 840 on map 14 in CZAS, North Uist (west), 2005

Other records:

NMRS
10053
SMR
Unknown

ShoreUpdates

2 ShoreUpdates accepted and 0 pending.

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1st June, 2015 by artintendo
Survey Information
User:
artintendo
Date:
June 1, 2015
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
intertidal
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion; active wind erosion (in dunes only); has eroded in the past
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Other threats?:
stock erosion
Description:

The remains of this dun are in a good state of preservation, except for the SE segment which has been almost completely destroyed by sea-erosion. The dun is almost circular, having an overall diameter of 24.5m, the walls varying in thickness from 5.0m to 6.2m. The well-preserved entrance is in the NW and appears to lead to a small natural harbour. The entrance is 1.3m wide, its side walls 1.0m high, and has a paved floor: There were no indications of chambers in these side walls, or of a door-check. Finds retrieved by Beveridge included pottery, hammerstones, a fragment of bronze and fragments of an iron long sword, in addition to kitchen-midden remains. These are in the NMAS.

ShoreUPDATE June 2015

site degrading. Southern half heavily eroded. High tide covers ruin.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
highly visible (substantial remains)
How visible are the remains? (in section):
clearly visible in section
How accessibile is the site?:
accessible- difficult terrain; accessible on foot (no footpath)
The site is:
is well known; is well visited; has local associations/history
Comments and recommendations
13th January, 2016 by DavidNewman
Survey Information
User:
DavidNewman
Date:
Jan. 13, 2016
Tidal state:
low
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Coastally eroding?:
has eroded in the past
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Description:

The remains of this dun are in a good state of preservation, except for the SE segment which has been almost completely destroyed by sea-erosion. The dun is almost circular, having an overall diameter of 24.5m, the walls varying in thickness from 5.0m to 6.2m. The well-preserved entrance is in the NW and appears to lead to a small natural harbour. The entrance is 1.3m wide, its side walls 1.0m high, and has a paved floor: There were no indications of chambers in these side walls, or of a door-check. Finds retrieved by Beveridge included pottery, hammerstones, a fragment of bronze and fragments of an iron long sword, in addition to kitchen-midden remains. These are in the NMAS.

ShoreUPDATE June 2015

site degrading. Southern half heavily eroded. High tide covers ruin.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
highly visible (substantial remains)
How visible are the remains? (in section):
not visible
How accessibile is the site?:
accessible- difficult terrain
The site is:
is not locally known
Comments and recommendations

Photos

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Rudh'an Duin east side by artintendo
DavidNewman's image
Aerial plan view by DavidNewman
DavidNewman's image
View from NW by DavidNewman