“We have here the remains of a period of architectural activity which has no parallel in the early history of our country.” So claimed one archaeologist on the origin of the iconic round stone towers of the Scottish isles called ‘duns’.
The original towers are ineffective as defensive buildings; they have no access to water or sewage disposal, while the lack of windows suggests a dark interior was important to whatever activity took place inside. The bardic traditions are more illuminating. They tell of a time when such buildings were associated with a race of tall people, “certain strangers,” people from afar. But from where?
The precursors to the duns are found in Sardinia. Called nuraghe, local folklore equates them with unusual people who also came from elsewhere and behaved like a priesthood who was involved with astronomy.
Again their dark interiors, perforated roofs, and strategically placed narrow windows suggest perfect environments for observing the stars rather than offering protection from pirates (most nuraghe can barely house six people). The problem is that there is no satisfactory explanation as to why they are called nuraghe.
The common link between Sardinia and the Western Isles of Scotland is the migration of people from Scythia and the Armenian Highlands c.6000 BC who left a significant linguistic and DNA fingerprint in both locations. First, a ‘nuirag’ is the Armenian term for ‘a holy representative or legate’, from which comes nuiragan (sacred or divine). The same applies to Sardinia — S’ardi, the ‘domain of the bride of the Sun’.
Second, the best-known dun is on the Isle of Lewis. It is called Dun Carloway, allegedly named after a Viking lord, but this is nothing more than guesswork. Seen through the Armenian linguistic prism, however, the name can be broken down as dun (dwelling), kar (stone) ogh (ring or circle), e’ag (existence), and aptly describes this circular stone tower.
It is significant that similar circular buildings once served an astronomical function throughout Asia Minor as well as places of the council for an elite social class. Thus ‘dun’ (dwelling) is linked to the Armenian word ‘Dohm’ (a noble race of family), ostensibly the root of ‘domicile’.
The extraordinary movement long ago of culture across Europe to Scotland.
Source: Scotland’s Hidden Sacred Past.
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