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  • Schoolboy Cathal gets a hands-on history lesson with 4,000-year-old boat

    07/02/2020 9:22:04 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Irish Central ^ | June 9, 2020 | Shane O'Brien
    The lake is home to at least one crannóg -- an artificial island used as dwellings and defense mechanisms in prehistoric Ireland. Crannóg's are the oldest dwellings in prehistoric Ireland. There are additionally at least seven ringforts surrounding the town of Lisacul. Eileen McDonagh, Cathal's mother, told the Irish Independent that he was supposed to be doing his homework when he made the discovery. She said that her son became bored with his schoolwork and went for a walk down to the lake, where he paddled up to his ankles in a pair of wellington boots. It was there that...
  • Exploration of underwater forest [Loch Tay]

    07/16/2008 10:42:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 1,480+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, July 15, 2008 | unattributed
    Underwater archaeologists are taking to Loch Tay to try to uncover more about a submerged prehistoric woodland. The stumps of about 50 trees were discovered in 2005 - some of them are thought to be about 6,000 years old. The experts are now aiming to find their root system and establish the depth to which the trees are buried. Meanwhile, a campaign has been launched to help restore the reconstructed crannog, an ancient loch dwelling, which attracts thousands of visitors. The Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology will spend the next two weeks inspecting the drowned forest. They will be focusing...
  • Former Dornoch man discovers 5500-year-old cup in loch

    06/28/2020 12:43:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    Northern Times ^ | June 23, 2020 | Mike Merritt
    A former Royal Navy diver and Dornoch native has discovered an almost completely intact 5500-year-old cup, hidden in the mud of a loch in the Outer Hebrides... on the Isle of Lewis on Friday... The location has been kept secret at this stage, but Mr Murray described it as "a beautiful example" of the Neolithic age and was the first person to drink from it in thousands of years. Mr Murray has also previously discovered similar bowls around mysterious man-made islands in the Outer Hebrides which have led to a "startling" re-writing of history. The structures - known as crannogs...
  • The Llangorse crannog

    04/25/2020 12:13:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | Wednesday 28 November 2012 | Phil Carradice
    Giraldus Cambrensis wrote about the lake in his book about journeying through Wales in the late 12th century, reporting the local tradition that the birds in the area only ever sang for a truly Welsh prince or ruler... As this 'house on the lake' was one of several royal houses belonging to the rulers of Brycheiniog... The crannog at Llangorse, in effect an artificial island, measures about 40 metres in width and is situated 30 or 40 metres off the northern shore of the lake... Timbers from the wooden palisade that used to surround the island have been dated to...
  • First Scottish Iron Age 'loch village' found in Wigtownshire

    09/02/2013 8:26:58 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 30 August 2013 | unattributed
    The Wigtownshire dig was a small-scale pilot excavation of what was initially thought to be a crannog in the now-infilled Black Loch of Myrton, which was under threat of destruction as a result of drainage operations. However during the excavation, AOC - which worked on the dig in conjunction with local volunteers - discovered evidence of multiple structures making up a small village. What initially appeared to be one of a small group of mounds before excavation was revealed to be a massive stone hearth complex at the centre of a roundhouse. The timber structure of the house has been...
  • Crannog site revealed after lake's level drops

    06/29/2010 7:23:44 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | Lorna Siggins
    The recent prolonged dry weather spell which put pressure on water supplies in the west has proven to be good news for archaeologists. The low water table on the western lakes and rivers has yielded a number of significant finds in Connemara, according to archaeologist Michael Gibbons. Among them has been a new crannóg site which is part of a complex in the south Connemara area. It was located by Co Galway silversmith and archaeological student Ruairí O'Neill and a friend, John Foley, while exploring Lough Dhúleitir, north of Carna. Mr Gibbons, who lectures on Mr O'Neill's course, said that...