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Ash from hill fort fire 'preserved in peat'

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Archaeologists believe they have found, preserved in peat, charcoal from a fire that destroyed an ancient hill fort.

Dun Deardail was built about 2,500 years ago on a prominent knoll on Sgorr Chalum, a hill overlooking the River Nevis in Glen Nevis.

Charcoal found in layers of surrounding peatbog has been analysed.

Evidence of four "significant fire events" were identified. One, from on or around 310 BC, is thought to be the burning of the fort.

Archaeologists said the fire that destroyed Dun Deardail would have "created towering plumes of smoke rising up from the fort, expelling ash and charcoal into the air".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-43813824

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