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Crannog Chronologies coming into focus: Results from the Living on Water project

A report on recent underwater fieldwork at Loch Tay, with new results revealing intriguing clues about when and why Scotland’s iron age people built crannog dwellings. By Michael J Stratigos, Piotr Jacobsson, Derek Hamilton and Gordon Cook
Loch Tay, the focus of the Living on Water Project

In last years’ History Scotland (vol. 18, no. 2) we summarised our first season of underwater fieldwork and plans for high-precision radiocarbon dating of early iron age crannogs in Loch Tay, Perthshire. We now have results of the analyses of the material collected during the 2017 fieldwork season and have conducted a further season of underwater fieldwork. With two years of fieldwork complete, and with one season’s worth of postexcavation analysis under our belt, we are beginning to see traces of pulses of crannog construction and abandonment, which may prove essential to understanding why crannogs were built in the first place.

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About History Scotland

The March/April issue of History Scotland is packed full of the latest research news and in-depth reads from experts in the fields of Scottish history, heritage and archaeology. Highlights include: 'The Stewart Queens of Scotland: Margaret of Denmark. New research on the life of Margaret, who reigned alongside James III of Scots Scottish coastal history: a wide-ranging overview of Scotland’s coastline over the centuries A guide to Agricola’s campaign in Scotland Curator review of the new Ancient Egypt Rediscovered gallery at National Museum of Scotland Underwater archaeology at Loch Tay New excavations at the prison of Mary Queen of Scots in Sheffield Castle Plus: Family history advice, archaeology dig reports and finds analysis, history of art series and lots more…​