The Living on Water team is happy to announce that we have received further funding for our investigation into the Iron Age loch-side communities of Loch Tay. A huge thank you to the Royal Archaeological Institute for this continued support.
Our focus this year will be to target some of the few known roundhouses around Loch Tay to see if they date from the same period as the Early Iron Age crannogs.
The work will see us return this summer to Easter Croftintygan, and conduct new radiocarbon dating on material archived from digs undertaken about 20 years as part of the Ben Lawers Historic Landscape Project. You can read about the results of those excavations HERE. We must thank GUARD Archaeology as well for facilitating access to the archived samples! We aim to return to these sites to extract as much chronological information as possible to build a social history for the Early Iron Age in this area.
Were the crannogs the only houses around the loch in the Early Iron Age? Or were they part of a wider network of settlement? This generous funding from the Royal Archaeological Institute will help us find out!