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Crannógs are artificially constructed islands on lakes, turloughs or other inland water ways. The term derives from the Gaelic words crann meaning tree and óg meaning young, reflecting the large amounts of timber used in the construction of the surrounding palisade (Corlett, 2001).
The crannóg in Moher Lake was constructed on a large stone pile. Its edge is partly bordered by an enclosing wall no more than three courses high externally but scattered internally. There is a manmade stone lined dock 8m long and 2m wide in the SE section (Morahan, L. 2001). The use of crannogs stretching from the Bronze Age into the Medieval and later times has artefactual veracity but it is from the Early Historic period and Viking Age that abundant archaeological and historical evidence for entire settlement systems on lakes, with contemporary crannogs, island ringforts and cashels, promontory forts and monastic islands implying a rich and complex lakeland settlement emerges (O'Sullivan, 1998).
- Corlett, C. 2001 Antiquities of West Mayo, Wordwell, Wicklow, p.57
- Morahan, L. 2001 Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo archaeology, landscape and people, Croagh Patrick Archaeological Committee, Mayo, p.112
- O'Sullivan, A. 1998 The Archaeology of Lake settlement in Ireland, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, p.1
Check out the following sections of the website for related information:
Mayo Sites and Artefacts
1. Mayo Abbey
Mayo - Vestvågøy - Mid-Argyll
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