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Loch Ciaran

Crannog (Period Unassigned)(Possible)

Site Name Loch Ciaran

Classification Crannog (Period Unassigned)(Possible)

Canmore ID 38951

Site Number NR75SE 3

NGR NR 7778 5403

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Kilcalmonell
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NR75SE 3 7778 5403.

NR c. 778 540. A possible crannog has been recorded about 65m from the E shore of Loch Ciaran, the level of which was raised by 1.2m in 1906. It is described as a submerged mass of stones, c. 36.5m x 18.5m, connected to the shore on the N and SE by two lines of flat boulders c.230m and 90m in length respectively (McInnes 1935). At the date of visit, only a single stone was visible above the surface of the loch. (A small island is shown on OS 6"map, 1924 at NR 7779 5401.)

RCAHMS 1971, visited 1963.

Only one stone is at present visible. According to local information a small pile of stones, without a causeway, can be seen when the water level is low.

Visited by OS (D W R) 13 August 1973.

The single stone noted in the preceding reports is at NR 7778 5403. It is set on edge and undoubtedly acts as a hazard marker.

Visited by OS (J M) 5 February 1978.


Field Walking (June 2017)

NR 76376 54484 (centred on) A desk-based assessment and walkover survey were undertaken, June 2017, over a parcel of land at Talatoll recorded 46 features.

NR 77402 53297 – Linear bank, oriented N/S. 2m wide and up to 0.5m high. On OS map.

NR 77630 53317 – Linear bank, oriented E/W, runs from stone wall down to the burn. 1m wide and 0.3m high.

NR 77770 53514 – Curvilinear bank, shown on map. 2m wide and up to

0.3m high. Oriented E/W ends at NR 77843 53617.

NR 77852 53625 – Possible structure comprising low earthen and stone walls up to 2m wide and 0.5m high, 7 x 8m. At location of former settlement.

NR 77869 53628 – Possible structure, 6 x 5m with low irregular earthen and stone walls, forms oval, appears to be associated with low stone bank which runs S from the structure and then curves around to the N following edge of rocky outcrop. This structure lies c15m NE of NR 77852 53625.

NR 78015 53530 – Earthen and stone bank, 1m wide and up to 0.4m high. Oriented NE/SW, runs around base of rocky outcrop/knoll.

NR 77981 53669 – Linear bank, 2m wide and 0.5m high.

Oriented E/W. Includes possible attached, small enclosures at NR 78005 53681.

NR 78080 53784 – Whole bracken covered area with remains of lazy bed cultivation.

NR 77542 53621 – Earthen and stone bank, up to 0.75m high and 1.5m wide. Oriented N/S, short length, runs up to wall and down to burn.

NR 77725 53548 – Low stone wall, max 0.3m high and 0.5m wide. Runs to NR 77729 53505.

NR 76783 53903 – Stone and earthen bank, oriented NNW/ SSE, by burn and runs down to loch, then up the hill in NW direction.

NR 76785 53761 – Linear bank, oriented E/W. 2m wide and 1m high. Runs towards Talatoll and ends at burn.

NR 77118 53439 – Large earthen and stone bank, associated with former drainage. 0.75m high and 2m wide. Oriented NE/SW.

NR 76329 53712 – Earthen bank, on map.

NR 75658 53919 – Former track, on 1st Edition OS map.

NR 74794 54430 – Earthen and stone bank oriented N/S,

up to 1.4m wide and 0.5m high. Runs from burn up the hill and then curves around and back down the hill and heads around the base of the hill towards the farm. Cut by the track.

NR 75000 54686 – Large cobble field clearance cairn, set on edge of rocky outcrop. 8 x 3m in size.

NR 74963 54752 – Earthen and stone bank, runs along the side of a burn before veering off. Oriented SSW/NNE.

NR 75190 54787 Cobble track, associated with crossing a small burn/wet area, c11m visible, 0.5m wide. Oriented N/S.

NR 75422 54773 – Large bank, probably associated with drainage. Earthen and stone. Oriented N/S.

NR 75432 54797 – Earthen and stone bank, runs length of the small glen. Associated with defunct drain. Oriented E/W, up to 0.5m high and 1.2m wide.

NR 75539 54989 – Large quarry, and associated track.

NR 75370 54852 – Large bank probably associated with drainage. 1m high and 2.5m wide. Oriented N/S.

NR 75624 55281 – Small field clearance cairn, 1 x 1.5m in grazed field.

NR 76478 53694 – Settlement (Talatoll Farm) comprising sheepfold, house and barn. Structures as visible 20th century. Structure shown on 1st Edition OS map at NR 76546 53740, not visible on the ground.

NR 76462 53476 – Earthen and stone bank, running to boundary, probably associated with drainage.

NR 76584 53894 – Earthen and stone bank.

NR 76629 53941 – Earthen and stone bank.

NR 76646 53980 – Earthen and stone bank.

NR 76661 54018 – Earthen and stone bank.

NR 76752 54104 – Series of earthen and stone banks.

NR 76124 53901 – Bank, associated with drainage.

NR 75892 54664 – Bank, associated with drainage.

NR 76439 54803 – Short stretch of bank.

NR 76786 54173 – Stone-built boathouse. Lime mortar, no roof but gable end on S side. Shown on the 2nd Edition OS map.

NR 76613 55084 – Shieling, 4 x 6m low stone and earthen walls, W-facing entrance.

NR 76625 55067 – Possible small corn drying kiln, 4 x 1.5m, elongated entrance on N side.

NR 76520 54997 – Earthen and stone bank.

NR 76481 54987 – Earthen and stone bank.

NR 76410 54976 – Earthen and stone bank.

NR 76457 54924 – Earthen and stone bank.

NR 76547 55321 – Earthen and stone bank.

NR 76423 55708 – Curvilinear earthen and stone bank.

NR 76486 55994 – Site of Ronachan Inn and other buildings on 1st Edition OS map. Site fenced and too overgrown to access.

NR 76450 53930 – Oval platform, 10 x 9m, 0.4m high, possible hut circle. Could not be found on the ground.

NR 75600 54200 – Penannular soil mark. Nothing visible on the ground.

NR 75300 53600 – Area of poorly preserved cultivation marks, 20 x 30m.

NR 77780 54030 – Crannog – A single stone is visible in the water.

Funder: RDS Forestry Ltd

Clare Ellis – Argyll Archaeology

(Source: DES, Volume 18)


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