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Historic Scotland is hosting a public meeting to present the results of research carried out on the seventh-century battle of Dún Nechtain, as part of a project to produce an Inventory of Historic Battlefields in Scotland.

It has funded research to try to establish the location of the battlefield as part of its work for the Inventory of Historic Battlefields and will present its findings at the Reid Hall, Forfar, on Thursday, May 10 at 7pm.

Representatives of Historic Scotland and the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology will then lead a discussion on the results of the research.

Olwyn Owen, head of the Historic Scotland team responsible for battlefields, said: “Our difficulty lies in locating the battlefield in the modern landscape with sufficient confidence to allow it to be included in the Inventory. Accurate location is one of the key criteria for inclusion. Dún Nechtain is one of the earliest battles we have considered and, in common with other early battles, there is no physical evidence of the battlefield and very limited historical information to go on. We know there is a huge amount of support locally for the traditional site of the battle in Angus to be recognised in the Inventory, and I hope that many of the people who have contacted us about this site in the past will be able to join us and perhaps reveal local sources of information that could help us with the research.”