After two months of very good weather here in central Scotland, we are beginning again our underwater investigation of crannogs in Loch Tay, Perthshire. Our first target for the 2018 field season is Fearnan Crannog.Fearnan Crannog is notable for being just 200 m to the west of Oakbank Crannog. Oakbank of course is the most extensively excavated underwater crannog in Scotland. Fearnan has a radiocarbon date which puts at least some activity here in the Early Iron Age, but it remains unclear if that activity is at all contemporary with activity at Oakbank.
This will be the main goal of our work at Fearnan, were the residents of Oakbank and Fearnan neighbours? Was one or the other a ghostly abandoned crannog (perhaps with just a few timber piles protruding from the water) during occupation of the other? Or was one of these crannogs a long forgotten pile of stones, an ancient curiosity maybe, while the other was occupied? Our finer dating methodology will help to sort out the answers to these and a range of other questions.
Please check back here for updates on the work. We should also have new lab results rolling in over the next two weeks as well! So the team is very excited and very busy!