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A Smart History project in collaboration with Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre, Lochmaddy, North Uist. taigh-chearsabhagh.org. With kind thanks to Dr Tanja Romankiewicz for structural ground plan and construction guidance. Dr Tanja Romankiewicz, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Archaeology - University of Edinburgh, School of History, Classics and Archaeology. http://bit.ly/2jrImag

Dun an Sticir is an Iron Age broch, which was later reoccupied during the Middle Ages. Brochs were circular, hollow walled, windowless fortifications, often built on islands and reached by tricky causeways.

The building of brochs for defensive purposes seems to date from around 500 B.C. when, over the previous thousand years, cooler climactic changes had encouraged layers of peat gradually to move downhill, overgrazing was taking its toll, land for cultivation became scarcer, and people were forced to migrate to the lower ground.

Duns comprised a single, outer, rounded wall, forming a tall tower, often rising to 40 feet, mirrored internally by a second curving wall, enclosing an inner chamber. This was a relatively straightforward fortification to build in order to protect your land. Dun an Sticir also shows evidence of a gallery six feet above ground level. Remains of two huts where livestock could be protected could be seen.

A second island, Eilean na Mi-Chomhairle, the Island of Bad Council, is linked to Dun an Sticir, the 'Dun of the Skulker', both Gaelic names suggesting a darker and less peaceful era.

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