Nestled in the valleys of Argyll, Scotland stood the hill fort of Dunadd. Pictish stone carvings and footprint of Dalriadic Kings all deliver evidence of its historic beginning; it was here that the Scottish nation was born.
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Dunadd, named after the historic birthplace of the Scottish nation, is one of the most famous and archaeologically significant sites in Scotland - and one of the most important early medieval sites in Britain. By tradition Dunadd was the capital of the early Scottish kingdom of Dalriada, founded by King Fergus Mor in about AD 500, and the probable site where the Monarchs were crowned. Pictish stone carvings, mysterious messages in early Gaelic script and the footprints of Dalriadic Kings all deliver visible evidence of its historic beginnings; it was here that the Scottish Nation was born.
It is a complex fortification, defended by four lines of walling on different levels. These structures appear to have been built about AD 500 and 900. Objects found in excavations show that the site was particularly important around AD 500. It was a centre for fine metal working. The main approach is up rocky defile to the lowest terrace which has a well defined wall. Near the north end is a solidly built wall. Above this level the walls are more ruinous.
The most remarkable feature is a series of carvings on a rock slab near the summit. There is the figure of a boar, the outline of a foot print, a rock cut, basin and several lines of ogam inscriptions in an unknown language. The basin and foot print may have been used in the coronation of the Kings of Dalriada.”
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