This evening, my theme is Crannogs. These are a type of ancient loch (lake) dwelling found only in Scotland and Ireland. These were high status buildings built on stilts a few metres into the loch. They were used for an extensive period from about 3000BC right through to the 17th century AD.

Iron-Age Crannog

There is no consensus why people lived in this way but (a) they would have a defensive aspect in context of the untamed local environment and (b) being situated on lochs they would be at the heart of transport systems at a time when roads hardly existed and most communication was by water.

At Kenmore in Central Scotland a replica Crannog has been built based on archaeological evidence at the Oakbank Crannog on the opposite side of Loch Tay.

In addition to the replica roundhouse which affords a fascinating insight into living conditions in the Iron Age, the Crannog Centre also features experimental archaeology such as wood turning,corn grinding and fire lighting. Overall the Crannog Centre offers a unique insight into distant heritage and is deserving of a visit when in the area.

Iron Age wood turning

Fire Making

Hand Grinding Corn

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