Our first batch of tree-ring results should be coming in over the next few weeks, and we are very excited to see what our sampling last summer turned up.

However, in the meantime, the project will be presenting what we have done and know so far in a series of upcoming talks.

The first is tomorrow at the University of Glasgow in the Gregory Building at 16:00. This lecture is free of charge, and will also be live streamed if you cannot make it. Details of the live stream will be advertised on Facebook and Twitter. The abstract for the talk:

Living on Water: Early Iron Age loch dwelling at Loch Tay, Perthshire

Piotr Jacobsson and Michael Stratigos

Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre

Crannogs were a feature of the Scottish landscape since sometime in the earlier Iron Age to the early modern period. However, despite over a century of study, these sites are only beginning to be integrated into narratives of Scottish history and later prehistory. Living on Water is a three-year project conducting underwater excavation to develop a social history of life on Loch Tay. This will be underpinned by a refined high-precision chronology for the earliest lake dwellings of Loch Tay, Perthshire, which will be developed through the combination of radiocarbon dating, dendrochronology and Bayesian analysis on structural timber material excavated from six crannogs in the loch. Within the Loch Tay region, the high-resolution chronology will provide a firm foundation from which basic, but still unresolved, questions can be addressed, such as;

  1. Were any of the crannogs within the same loch occupied at the same time?
  2. What relationships did crannogs have to the wider terrestrial landscape and how did this change through time?
  3. What specific practices can be identified at these sites, how these practices relate to the site surroundings and how do they change through time?
Our talk will review the methodologies and results of the Living on Water project, and offers some initial interpretations with reference to other crannog projects carried out to date.


On 6 March, we’ll be presenting at the First Millennia Studies Group. Location TBA, but it is normally held in the University of Edinburgh’s Meadow’s Lecture Theatre at 18:00. By March, we should have our first dating results, so don’t be bashful about attending both in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Finally, on 25 March, we’ll make a journey north to speak at the Northern Archaeology Research Seminar Series at the University of Aberdeen. We’ll be sure to give you all the details via Facebook and Twitter when they are available.