Landscape with lake dwellings : The crannogs of Scotland by Ian Morrison

By Ian Morrison

Because the suggestion of prehistoric Lake Villages fell from favour, curiosity in lake/lakeshore websites in Britain has been mild. This essay is determined to restore it. In it, Ian Morrison attracts on 20 years of labor (much of it from the air and from less than the water) on surveying crannogs in Lochs Awe and Tay, and on reinterpreting
19th- and early twentieth- century excavation reviews within the gentle of latest findings. He and his fellow employees have actually placed man-made islands again at the archaeological map.
Dr Morrison tells what has been complete thus far; makes use of that info to comic strip a tentative taxonomy of crannog forms; considers their attainable makes use of; and makes an attempt to narrate their websites to the rural strength of the adjoining land.
For the advantage of those that needs to now definitely proceed and expand this pioneering paintings, the writer describes the relevant suggestions that, as soon as aerial images has pinpointed fully submerged islands, were devised to allow exact underwater survey paintings and, certainly, excavation.
The publication is richly illustrated, largely with Dr Morrison's personal drawings, but in addition with plates either in monochrome and colour.

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Ane devyce at the entrance of the said house That whaire anie did goe into the house ane table did lye by the way, that when anie man did stand upon the end theroff going fordward that end wold doune and the other goe up and then the man woman or dog wold fall below in the water and perishú This house being finished, the Lord Cumming did call the wholl tennants and Inhabitants of the Countrey to come to him to that house, And everie one that did come into that place did perish and droune in the water.

The creation of a range of purely descriptive modern terms, along the lines of unenclosed platform settlement, might seem unattractive and pedantic, but could prove a more productive approach to the classification and analysis of so many sites, spread over such a time span. Page 28 3.  His passage about an artificial island in Loch Lochy is worth quoting at length here, because it illustrates both the attraction and the frustration of available written evidence. Just as sagas tell us more about Viking personalities than their ships (Morrison 1976), so too is this concerned with what was 'newsworthy', rather than with describing things familiar to the contemporary audience.

Dall farm crannog, Lach Tay, illustrating how submerged sites can be detected from the air. Plate 6. Croftmarting Island, Loch Tay, showing how aerial photofraphy can reveal the underwater configuration. : Acta penes Marchiarum et Insularum Ordinem 1608–23). 89 VI).  In a note contributed to the second edition of Keller's Lake Dwellings, Kinahan suggests that at least one Irish crannog was inhabited on the threshold of the nineteenth century.  It is difficult to discount the possibility that other islets may have been constructed later in less dramatic circumstances, and failed to enter the historical record.

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