The Scottish Crannog Centre

The Scottish Crannog Centre features a reconstruction of the 2,500 year old ‘Oakbank Crannog’ at Fearnan, Loch Tay and a living history approach to early Iron Age life.

Oakbank Crannog

Oakbank crannog is the most extensively excavated crannog underwater. Excavation began here in the 1980s and has continued intermittently since then. Important discoveries from Oakbank include a bronze ‘swan-necked’ pin and a wooden ard (an early kind of plough) among a wide range of organic artefacts not normally recovered from contemporary terrestrial archaeological sites. The site dates from the Early Iron Age, roughly 800-400 BC. Establishing a more precise chronology for the site is a main aim of the project, and this chronology will tie together and contextualise the important information gathered over the last 35 years at Oakbank.

Milton Morenish Crannog

The Milton Morenish crannog was first surveyed in 1979. Exposed timber elements on the submerged site were later sampled for radiocarbon dating which revealed evidence for building and occupation in the Early Iron Age, approximately 800-400 BC. Excavations planned as part of the Living on Water project will be the first intrusive archaeological work at this site.

Dall South Crannog

Dall South crannog is located on the south shore of Loch Tay, and is notably for being on 25m from another crannog, Dall North. Radiocarbon dates from Dall South suggest an Early Iron Age phase of activity and it is possible that this is contemporary with building or occupation at Dall North. Excavation is planned at Dall South crannog as part of the project in 2017.