We have been trying to answer this question through our Royal Archaeological Institute funded ‘At the Water’s Edge‘ project, and from 17 June we will be digging at two different roundhouse sites along the shore of Loch Tay to find out.

In 2018, we conducted geophysics survey over known archaeology in addition to prospecting for new Iron Age sites in areas with no known archaeology.

In a recent visit to the Loch Tay to arrange access to the sites we will be excavating, some excellent views from the location of one of the roundhouses we will be investigating.

Did this view include a loch full of crannogs? A relatively busy landscape with a variety of settlements and settlement types. Or were crannogs out of favour by the time this roundhouse was built and lived-in? Perhaps crannogs were only recently abandoned and part of living social memory, or maybe they were a part of the distant past – the places where ancestors dwelt. This is the kind of social history we aim to build with the Living on Water project and thanks to Royal Archaeological Institute support, our upcoming excavations should cast some light on this.

Looking west up Loch Tay towards Killin from inside the Croftvellick hut cirlce.