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TITLE
Dun Telve, Glen Beag
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_1093
PLACENAME
Dun Telve
DISTRICT
Lochaber
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Glenelg
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
10969
KEYWORDS
social histories
archaeology
archaeological sites
archaeological finds
Dun Telve, Glen Beag

Dun Telve is the best preserved broch on the Scottish mainland. Situated in Glen Beag, south of Glenelg, it is one of two brochs in the Glen, the other being Dun Troddan. Two brochs situated relatively close together is unusual. Dun Telve was probably occupied between 200 BC and 400 AD. Excavation finds have included rotary querns, spindle whorls, and a fragment of Roman pottery. This photograph dates from the first half of the 20th century and shows the entrance to Dun Telve.

Brochs are unique to Scotland with the majority of examples in the north and west. They usually consist of two concentric dry stone walls with a staircase in between leading to galleries at upper levels. There is debate over the purpose of the brochs. Some consider them defensive structures while others see them as architectural symbols of status. Whatever their purpose, they are all very similar in design, suggesting they may have been built by a band of itinerant master craftsmen.

The photographer, Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson, was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. Between 1912 and 1949 she produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban


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Dun Telve, Glen Beag

INVERNESS: Glenelg

20c

social histories; archaeology; archaeological sites; archaeological finds

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

Dun Telve is the best preserved broch on the Scottish mainland. Situated in Glen Beag, south of Glenelg, it is one of two brochs in the Glen, the other being Dun Troddan. Two brochs situated relatively close together is unusual. Dun Telve was probably occupied between 200 BC and 400 AD. Excavation finds have included rotary querns, spindle whorls, and a fragment of Roman pottery. This photograph dates from the first half of the 20th century and shows the entrance to Dun Telve.<br /> <br /> Brochs are unique to Scotland with the majority of examples in the north and west. They usually consist of two concentric dry stone walls with a staircase in between leading to galleries at upper levels. There is debate over the purpose of the brochs. Some consider them defensive structures while others see them as architectural symbols of status. Whatever their purpose, they are all very similar in design, suggesting they may have been built by a band of itinerant master craftsmen.<br /> <br /> The photographer, Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson, was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. Between 1912 and 1949 she produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.