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Ardnamurchan, Lochan Na Crannaig

Crannog (Period Unassigned)(Possible), Enclosure (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Ardnamurchan, Lochan Na Crannaig

Classification Crannog (Period Unassigned)(Possible), Enclosure (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 22120

Site Number NM46NE 1

NGR NM 4650 6572

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Ardnamurchan
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Lochaber
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NM46NE 1 4650 6572.

Although the ONB (1872) gives the meaning of Lochan na Crannaig (name: NM 4670 6561) as "the small loch of the pulpit", Donaldson (1923) suggests that the very small islet on the loch may be a crannog, and it is to this that the name refers.

Name Book 1872; M E M Donaldson 1923.

There is now no island on Lochan na Crannaig, but at NM 4650 6572 is a natural peninsula. On it are the footings of a crude wall c 0.5m wide, which abuts on to the waters edge forming a sub-rectangular enclosure, c 12.0m NW-SE by c 10.0m transversely. At the N and E corners are two circular structures, c 2.0m in diameter, which are also reduced to the base course.

This feature cannot be classified with certainty, but it was probably a sheep enclosure with lambing pens attached.

Visited by OS (N K B) 5 June 1970.

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