Bob Marshall Freelance Illustrator 3D/​Artist

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3D model and digital illustration of Dun da Lamh hillfort near Laggan, Scotland. One of a series of visual reconstructions commissioned by Cairngorms National Park Authority for the Badenoch Great Place Project which began in 2018. The hillfort has no apparent signs of timber lacing, palisades or evidence of vitrification like at Dun Deardail in Glen Nevis. The ground at the summit is very rugged and uneven with very limited building platforms. Whether this fort had more than one entrance is unclear. With extremely steep approaches on three sides, the possible entrances can be surmised by natural depressions in the topography where access is less steep (obtained from existing site survey data). Was this fort simply a final place of refuge, a place to keep out of harm's way from predatory animals perhaps, or was it a place of ceremonial and ritual gathering rather than primarily martial in purpose? My reconstruction no doubt generates more questions than it provides answers, but I hope that this work stimulates further discussion and interest at least. With thanks to Matt Ritchie of Forestry Commission Scotland and Prof. Gordon Noble of the University of Aberdeen for their assistance and input with this project.

Date created: August 2020 2020-08-01T00:00:00+0100
Date published: 20 October 2020 2020-10-20T13:30:55+0100

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  • Cairngorms National Park AuthorityClient
Project featured: on 21st October 2020

Dun da Lamh

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