2018 Field Season – Fearnan Crannog

2018 Field Season – Fearnan Crannog

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 First Wiggle-Match Date

The first Living on Water dates have now come back from being measured by the AMS. The result comes from the longest lived of a group of three oaks from Milton Morenish Crannog. This group was dendrochronologically matched and identified by Anne Crone as having been...
Preparing the samples for measurement

Preparing the samples for measurement

After pre-treating the samples so that we can be absolutely sure that what we are dating is what we are interested in, the next step is to get the samples into a form which can be measured by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). To do this, our samples are first...
Counting and Cutting Tree Rings

Counting and Cutting Tree Rings

Key to the wiggle-match dating method is radiocarbon dating samples through a known sequence. In our case, the known sequence is the structure of the trees which were used in construction of our crannogs. The rings within the trees represent, of course, single-years....
In the Lab

In the Lab

Here at Living on Water we have been patiently waiting to get stuck into our lab work, and today is the day! So far, our samples have been taken from structural timber elements of the crannogs we examined last summer – Oakbank, Dall Bay South and Milton...

Upcoming Living on Water Talks

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...
Milton Morenish Excavation Begins

Milton Morenish Excavation Begins

We are back at Loch Tay, this time to excavate at Milton Morenish Crannog. Again our objective is to sample timbers that we will date using dendrochronology, radiocarbon and Bayesian statistical analysis. Milton Morenish Crannog is located near the north shore of Loch...