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Field Visit

Date 2003

Event ID 1000747

Category Recording

Type Field Visit


NM 8672 0253 The crannog is visible above the water line as a tree-covered boulder mound, the dry area being c 7m in diameter at the time of survey (summer water level). Around 75% of the site is submerged. The diameter of the base of the stone mound is 17m, and the site is located 55m from the modern W shore of the loch. The site measures 1.5m high from base to tip. A small cairn construction on top of the mound is likely to be of modern origin.

No piles were noted although two parallel horizontal timbers, probably alder, were seen protruding from the mound beneath the boulders and layer of silt approximately 25cm deep. These timbers are in a comparatively poor state of preservation, perhaps indicating that they have been exposed to air at some point in the past. No evidence of the construction of the causeway is visible, though it is possible that this is concealed beneath the silt. However, a raised area of the loch bed runs between the site and the W shore, and it is likely that this is the feature visible on aerial photographs.

Full report has been lodged with the NMRS.

Sponsors: Dr J N Marshall (Isle of Bute) Memorial Fund, CBA Challenge Funding, University of Nottingham.

M G Cavers 2003

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