In the last few days we have finished our work at Dall Bay South Crannog and have headed back home. These final days included detailed recording of Trench 2, using both traditional drawn plans and more modern photogrammetric techniques.

Leaving Dall Bay South Crannog.

In the last blog, the precise details of the stratigraphy were still a mystery. Unfortunately, we can’t say too much more now. Crannog archaeology always seems to defy simple explanation.

However, we did successfully take our samples, from both Trench 1 and Trench 2. These are going to see both dendrochronological and radiocarbon analyses to better date when Dall South Crannog was built and potentially re-built in successive phases. What we are also able to say from our work over the past two weeks is that although we didn’t dig deep enough, there is no doubt that Dall Bay South is full of rich deposits that hold organic remains and artefacts.

Vertical stake next to a freshly sampled oak timber.

Nick samples a timber in Trench 2 at Dall Bay South Crannog.

A freshly sampled oak timber. Oak is always very dark black after 2500 years.

Up next for the Living on Water project is Milton Morenish Crannog. We’ll be on site from 10 September, but in the meantime, we hope to have more pictures and videos from Dall South for you.