Dun Deardail Archaeology Project

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Organisation:  Forestry Commission Scotland
Project title:  Dun Deardail Archaeology Project

Dun Deardail (copyright Andy Heald 2017)

The Dun Deardail Archaeology Project was funded by Forestry Commission Scotland and the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the Nevis Landscape Partnership. The excavation investigated the vitrified ramparts of Dun Deardail, a significant Iron Age fort in Glen Nevis (NN 126 701), delivering an extensive radiocarbon dating strategy alongside a number of professionally-led archaeological volunteer training opportunities. An associated PhD investigated the process of vitrification, delivered in partnership with the University of Stirling.

The research was designed in line with both Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy and the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework. The popular account of the excavation and its community engagement has been shortlisted for Best Archaeological Book by the British Archaeology Awards 2018.

Which OPiT key performance indicator is the project contributing to? Main: 6

Other: 5, 7, 8, 11, 12

Contact name: Matt Ritchie
Contact email: matt.ritchie@forestry.gsi.gov.uk
Relevant web links: http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/images/corporate/pdf/the-archaeology-of-dun-deardail.pdf

Reviewed: September 2018