Living on Water: Loch Tay's Early Iron Age Crannogs

AOC is delighted to be a partner in an exciting new project investigating Early Iron Age crannogs. Post-excavation project manager and dendrochronologist Dr Anne Crone will be contributing to SUERC's Living on Water project. SUERC (Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre) has been awarded a research grant of around £250,000 from Historic Environment Scotland to undertake research on Early Iron Age crannogs – artificial island dwellings built in lochs and estuaries across Scotland. The project will develop a social history for Loch Tay, Perthshire, focusing on the crannog dwellers who lived there over 2500 years ago. To achieve this, it will combine state-of-the-art scientific techniques (radiocarbon dating, stable isotope analysis and Bayesian statistical modelling) with more traditional archaeological practice (underwater excavation and environmental analysis).

Led by a team of archaeologists and radiocarbon scientists based at SUERC (Prof. Cook, Dr Hamilton, Michael Stratigos and Dr Piotr Jacobsson), the project partners with individuals from The Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology (Dr Nick Dixon), the Scottish Crannog Centre (Barrie Andrian), AOC Archaeology Group (Dr Anne Crone), and the Universities of Bradford (Prof. Ian Armit) and Nottingham Trent (Dr Jennifer Miller). The award runs from May 2017 for 36 months.

You can find out more via the project website at, and you can follow progress on Facebook and Twitter