A local response to a wider situation: the archaeology of the clan stronghold of Dùn Èistean, Isle of Lewis

Barrowman, R. C. (2015) A local response to a wider situation: the archaeology of the clan stronghold of Dùn Èistean, Isle of Lewis. Post-Medieval Archaeology, 49(1), pp. 37-56. (doi: 10.1179/0079423615Z.00000000070)

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Abstract

Dùn Èistean stands at the end of a long tradition of clan strongholds seen in the MacLeod lordship of the western seaboard of north-west Scotland in the medieval and early post-medieval periods. Excavations on the site have shown that it was in repeated use for refuge in times of trouble in the 16th and early 17th centuries, acting as a power centre caught up in the wider political scene. The inhabitants of Dùn Èistean were a people with a strong local identity, using their traditional building techniques, adapting to available raw materials and drawing on the resources of the surrounding environment to support and defend the inhabitants in the face of incoming attack.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Barrowman, Mrs Rachel
Authors: Barrowman, R. C.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Journal Name:Post-Medieval Archaeology
Publisher:Maney Publishing for the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology
ISSN:0079-4236
ISSN (Online):1745-8137
Published Online:23 June 2015
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Post-Medieval Archaeology 49(1):37-56
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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