Dun Deardail: 2016 Excavations

Survey work on Dun Deardail

The second season of the fantastic Dun Deardail project is fast approaching! This three-year Nevis Landscape Partnership Project, working with Forestry Commission Scotland and AOC Archaeology Group, aims to explore Dun Deardail hillfort, which sits at approximately 300m above sea level in Glen Nevis, to the west of Ben Nevis.


Excavations at Dun Deardail

Before our excavations last year, this site had never previously been excavated. The 2015 season saw the excavation of six archaeological trenches, along with topographic and geophysical survey of the hillfort. Excavations showed vitrification of the ramparts which resulted in a collapse of these structures- before the levelling of the rubble prior to another phase of occupation.




Further information on our findings can be found in our 2015 news article here (http://www.aocarchaeology.com/news/article/dun-deardail-2015/)

Our dates for the 2016 season are 15th-28th August. AOC Archaeology are committed to providing comprehensive training to all volunteers on site- therefore we are keen to accept volunteers of all abilities. 


To register your interest to volunteer, please get in touch with Martin Cook- our project manager.below:

Register my Interest


If you are unable to volunteer to assist with the excavations,you may be interested in the free family fun day: 'The Highland Fling Festival' on Saturday 20th August. Keep an eye on the events section of the Nevis Landscape Partnership's website to find out more about this  on the Nevis Landscape Partnerhip's Events Section of the website.