A new chronology for crannogs in north-east Scotland

Michael Stratigos (Corresponding Author), Gordon Noble

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Abstract

This article presents the results of a program 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 emergent patterns for crannogs revealed through targeted
fieldwork in the region show 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 dating to the 9th–10th centuries ad, a period for which there is little other settlement evidence. 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 framework 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-173
Number of pages27
JournalProceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Volume147
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2018

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Keywords

  • Crannog

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