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An Doirlinn, Eriska

Crannog (Period Unassigned)

Site Name An Doirlinn, Eriska

Classification Crannog (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Barr Mor

Canmore ID 23328

Site Number NM94SW 7

NGR NM 9011 4239

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Ardchattan And Muckairn (Argyll And Bute)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NM94SW 7 9011 4239

(NM 9011 4239) Crannog (NR)

OS 1:10,000 map, 1974.

This crannog is situated below high-water mark on the south shore of Eriska. It is now a seaweed-covered stony mound about 20 metres in diameter and not more than 1 metre in height. The centre is disfigured by spoil heaps and a partly filled trench associated with an unfinished excavation in 1884 (R Munro 1885). This excavation showed that the crannog had rested on a circular timber substructure, about 18.3 metres in diameter, which consisted mainly of horizontal beams, radially disposed, with a certain amount of brushwood towards the centre. The perimeter had been defined by at least one row of beams round the circumference. Superimposed on this was a layer of stones and clay 0.9 metres deep from the surface of which charcoal, ashes and some burned animal bones were recovered, but no artifacts of any kind. There is no evidence to suggest that the crannog was ever linked to the island by means of a causeway.

RCAHMS 1975.

As described.

Surveyed at 1:2500 scale

Visited by OS (RD) 4 November 1971.

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