Crannog Centre, Loch Tay

Crannog Centre, Loch Tay, Scotland

 

Experimental Archaeology, Crannog Centre

Experimental Archaeology, Crannog Centre, Scotland

 

Experimental Archaeology, Crannog Centre

Experimental Archaeology, Crannog Centre, Loch Tay

This evening, I am focusing on Crannogs in general and the reconstructed dwelling on Loch Tay in particular.

Crannogs were timber buildings built on wooden stilts or man made islands and were home to families and communities for some 2000 years, from prehistory through to the Iron Age and even into medieval times. Crannogs are widespread in Scotland and Ireland, but not elsewhere.

Crannogs were believed to be the homes for high status extended families and their (valuable) animals.

The Crannog featured here is a reconstruction based on diligent underwater archaeology at Oakbank on the opposite side of the Loch. Tours are available at regular intervals which allow participants to join in some experimental archaeology, such as wool spinning, fire lighting and wood turning.

Probable Crannog Site near Glasgow

Probable Crannog Site near Glasgow, Scotland

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