A new chronology for crannogs in north-east Scotland

Stratigos, M. J. and Noble, G. (2018) A new chronology for crannogs in north-east Scotland. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 147, pp. 147-173. (doi: 10.9750/PSAS.147.1254)

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This article presents the results of a programme of investigation which aimed to construct a more detailed understanding of the character and chronology of crannog occupation in north-east Scotland, targeting a series of sites across the region. The emerging pattern revealed through targeted fieldwork in the region shows broad similarities to the existing corpus of data from crannogs in other parts of the country. Crannogs in north-east Scotland now show evidence for origins in the Iron Age. Further radiocarbon evidence has emerged from crannogs in the region revealing occupation during the 9th–10th centuries ad, a period for which there is little other settlement evidence in the area. Additionally, excavated contexts dated to the 11th–12th centuries and historic records suggest that the tradition of crannog dwelling continued into the later medieval period. The recent programme of fieldwork and dating provides a more robust foundation for further work in the region and can help address questions concerning the adoption of the practice of artificial island dwelling across Scotland through time.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Crannogs, Scotland, underwater archaeology, early medieval, Iron Age, medieval, islet dwelling, lochs.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Stratigos, Dr Michael
Authors: Stratigos, M. J., and Noble, G.
Subjects:C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Journal Name:Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Journal Abbr.:Proc Soc Antiq Scot
Publisher:Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
First Published:First published in Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 147:147-173
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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