Loch Awe Crannogs
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Underwater survey in 1972 revealed worked timbers and a rotary and saddle quern. Some wood was radiocarbon-dated to
370 BC ± 45
Twenty crannogs, or artificial islands, are situated in Loch Awe and these four lie at the southern end. The largest is built on one end of a submerged spine of rock and measures 37m by 27m. This crannog, and another with a stone causeway, are usually above the water level.
This crannog now appears as a pile of rocks colonised by vegetation. It would have originally been a round stilted building, elevated on timber piles with a thatched roof, designed to be accessed by canoe or currach. Nowadays, boats can be hired from Ford Hotel, or in summer one can easily swim out.
This site is on private land and permission should be sought.
- RCAHMS Argyll vol.6 no.352
- Hardy, McArdle and Miles (1973). A Report on the Survey of Loch Awe for Evidence of Lake Dwellings, Naval Air Command Sub-Aqua Club.
- Kist, 5 (1973), p2-11
- Inventory of Argyll, 2, no.198
- PSAS, 47 (1912-13), 289
- PSAS 95 (1960-1) p61 no. 395
- Campbell & Sandeman, 61 no. 395 and no. 396
- IJNA, 10.4 (1981), 347-9
- Morrison, (1985). Landscape with Lake Dwellings, 64
Check out the following sections of the website for more information:
Other Mid-Argyll Sites and Artefacts
Mid-Argyll Sites and Artefacts
Mayo - Vestvågøy - Mid-Argyll
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