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This afternoon I am posting information on one my favourite Scottish sites, namely the Scottish Crannog Centre on Loch Tay.

This reconstructed iron-age building is unique. It was built using information obtained by archaeologists working underwater, at the Oakbank site on the opposite bank of Loch Tay.

A Crannog is a type of high status, loch (lake) dwelling in use from about 3000BC through to (in rare cases) the 17th century AD. The structure is that of a timber built roundhouse supported on wooded piles driven into the loch bed and situated just off the bank so that a short bridge is required to access the building.

It is believed that the occupants of crannogs were wealthy farmers who kept animals and exploited and managed the local, natural environment.

This is an excellent interpretation centre with volunteers demonstrating wool spinning, wood turning and fire lighting using ancient technologies. Visitors can participate in these activities.

I can arrange tours to the Crannog Centre.

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I am writing this whilst on a ferry from Oban to Barra in the Hebrides. Journey time is over four hours. There may not be internet/cellphone service on Barra so blog posting tomorrow is not assured.

This morning we visited the historic Kilmartin Glen, about 30 miles south of Oban. This is a unique prehistoric landscape featuring a linear cemetery with standing stones, stone circles and ancient rock carvings. The image shown today features the Achnabreck rock carvings which are intruiging to say the least and prompt speculation on the driver behind the ‘artist’ who must have spent many, many hours laboriously pecking out the design with a stone hammer.

Prehistory, with which Scotland is well endowed, is one of my key passions so if anyone out there is looking to connect with past of 1000BC to about 3000BC please contact me for a private tour.

Looking forward to visiting Lewis and the famous Callanish Stones in a couple of days.
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Today, I am posting information about Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall. Birdoswald Roman Fort was one of the sixteen forts along Hadrian’s Wall. It is a natural vantage point, which Roman planners utilised in their favour. The fort was occupied by Roman auxiliaries from 112AD to 400. It is one of the best preserved of the forts along Hadrian’s Wall. Today, English Heritage assume the responsibility of the site.

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