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Loch Glashan Crannog

Site/Artefact
Loch Glashan Crannog

Type
Crannog/Island Dwelling

Site Number

National Grid Reference
1916 East
6925 North

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Ordnance Survey Explorer No 358

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Modern reconstruction of a crannog on Loch Tay

Excavation Details
The crannog was excavated in 1960 when the water level of Loch Glashan was reduced for the construction of a dam for a hydro-electric scheme. Pottery from the site has been dated to the 6th-8th centuries. Further investigations are scheduled for summer 2003.

Description
The crannog is situated just to the south of a small island in the loch, and about 40 metres from the shore. Large numbers of the original logs of its structure - mostly oak, but some silver birch - survive under water. The sub-floor of a rectangular timber building was identified, with massive timbers trimmed and levelled into a floor, measuring about 7.5 by 4.5 metres. Some patches of clay may be the remains of domestic hearths.

Artefacts included many wooden objects, including a paddle, a bucket, a scoop, several bowls, a trough, a spoon and a spindle-whorl. Pottery included several pieces of E-ware.

Also found on the crannog site was a bronze brooch of 8th century style, which had once contained amber which was probably imported from the Baltic. Evidence of metal working was found, including a crucible and some pieces of slag.

Numerous leather fragments were found, indicating that there was a leather workshop at the site. Some pieces of worked leather were at first identified as having once formed a 'jerkin'. This has recently been called into question and preservation and new analysis of these pieces by AOC Archaeology suggest that they may in fact be part of a book-satchel. (1) The stretch marks on the leather where the straps were once attached are now visible.

The appearance of a book-satchel may indicate the presence of clergy or monks at the crannog - they were the men who used books - but there is no need to assume that they were ordinarily resident there. There are many church-sites [link to 'Monastic and Episcopal' essay] n the Kilmartin Glen and beyond from which a cleric may have come to Loch Glashan. The presence of many other leather fragments, some of them extremely thin, may also suggest Loch Glashan crannog was producing that extra fine skin or 'vellum' which was used for making manuscripts.

Notes:

1 The identification of the leather fragments as a jerkin was first questioned by Dr Colleen Batey of Glasgow, and the preservation and analysis of the material, and the suggestion that it is the remains of a book satchel, were the

References

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Mid-Argyll Sites and Artefacts

 1. Kilmory Oib
 2. Druim an Dúin
 3. Duntroon
 4. Dún Ardifur 1
 5. Eilean Rígh 1
 6. Dún Chonaillach
 7. Loch Awe Crannogs
 8. Torran Hoard
 9. Dún na Nighinne
10. Kilmartin Parish Church
11. Temple Wood Stone Circles
12. Ogham stone, Poltalloch
13. Barnakil Cross
14. Kilbride Chapel
15. Kilbride Crosses
16. Dunadd Fort
17. In Nomine disk
18. Brooch Moulds
19. Dunadd cross-marked quern
20. Loch Glashan Crannog
21. Glebe Cairn

22. Nether Largie North
23. Nether Largie Mid
24. Nether Largie South
25. Ri Cruin
26. Nether Largie
27. Ballymeanoch - Stones
28. Ballymeanoch - Henge
29. Ballymeanoch - Cairn
30. Dunchragaig
31. Baluachraig
32. Carnassarie Castle
33. BallymeanocH - Barrow
34. Dun Mac Samhainn
35. Glenmoine, Upper Largie
36. Creag a' Mhadaidh
37. Carnassarie - Round Cairn
38. Carnasserie - Standing Stones
39. Carnasserie - Cist
40. Carnasserie Cottage
41. Upper Largie - Cist
42. Upper Largie - Rock Carvings

43. Nether Largie
44. Poltalloch - Cist
45. Poltalloch - cists
46. Bruach an Druimein
47. Dunchraigaig - Dun
48. Poltalloch - Round Cairn
49. Rownfield - Cist
50. Ballymeanoch - Cist
51. Poltalloch - Cists
52. Ballymeanoch - Dun
53. Dunadd - Standing Stones
54. Dunadd - Standing Stone
55. Baile Mor - Dun
56. Anaskeog - Rock Carvings
57. Bariole
58. Rhudil - Round Cairn 1
59. Rhudil - Round Cairn 2
60. Kilmartin Castle
61. Slockavullin
62. Rowanfield - Standing Stone
63. Poltalloch - Cremation

 

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