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TITLE
Carved footprint, Dunadd
EXTERNAL ID
PC_DONALD_KILMARTIN07
PLACENAME
Dunadd
DISTRICT
Mid Argyll
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Glassary
DATE OF IMAGE
2002
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Janine Donald
SOURCE
Janine Donald
ASSET ID
22388
KEYWORDS
Picts
Pictish kings
archaeology
Carved footprint, Dunadd

Traditionally, Dunadd was the ancient royal hillfort of the Scots, one of the main centres of the Kingdom of Dalriada. Strategically situated on a rocky knoll that rises out of the flat Kilmartin Valley, just north of Lochgilphead in Argyll, the fort was heavily fortified and easily defended. This photograph shows one of the rock carvings on the summit at Dunadd - a footprint. Other carvings include a boar (in the Pictish style), lines of ogham inscription and a hollowed out basin. Tradition has it that the footprint and basin mark the site of the inauguration of the new kings of Dalriada.

Dunadd has been excavated at various times throughout the 20th century. The most recent excavations in 1980-81 show that there were at least two building phases. The majority of the finds date from between the 6th and 9th centuries and include many high status items such as jewellery and moulds for working gold, silver and bronze

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Carved footprint, Dunadd

ARGYLL: Glassary

2000s

Picts; Pictish kings; archaeology

Janine Donald

Traditionally, Dunadd was the ancient royal hillfort of the Scots, one of the main centres of the Kingdom of Dalriada. Strategically situated on a rocky knoll that rises out of the flat Kilmartin Valley, just north of Lochgilphead in Argyll, the fort was heavily fortified and easily defended. This photograph shows one of the rock carvings on the summit at Dunadd - a footprint. Other carvings include a boar (in the Pictish style), lines of ogham inscription and a hollowed out basin. Tradition has it that the footprint and basin mark the site of the inauguration of the new kings of Dalriada.<br /> <br /> Dunadd has been excavated at various times throughout the 20th century. The most recent excavations in 1980-81 show that there were at least two building phases. The majority of the finds date from between the 6th and 9th centuries and include many high status items such as jewellery and moulds for working gold, silver and bronze