Our work at Oakbank began with construction of a platform that will allow us to safely dive on the site. The platform is made of scaffolding set up on the loch bottom.
Oakbank crannog has been excavated on and off since the early 1980s but not at all since 2005. Following completion of work, excavated areas were partially backfilled to protect them. Therefore, our first underwater task has been to relocate and expose the areas of the crannog we are most interested in sampling further. This is what we have been undertaking today.
There is perhaps another day or two of this work before we can move forward and delve deeper into Oakbank to reveal further structural and artefactual remains that will continue to build our understanding of how people lived 2500 years ago on Loch Tay.
A first glimpse at more to come:
Thank you to Historic Environment Scotland, the Scottish Crannog Centre and the Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology.