The future of our past
Furthermore, while comprehending the logic of such a structure, we can still only surmise the reasons for building in the water in the first place. Certainly, there are many practical advantages including protection, sanitation, and the creation of a midge-free zone. However, given the effort and resources required, it is likely that these homes were built to make a statement on behalf of wealthy or powerful owners.
'... it could take generations to fully understand these structures ...'
Necessarily, this picture is but one in a gallery of many blank screens. Despite the hundreds, if not thousands of crannogs, to be investigated, there is no integrated research strategy and no regular core funding to further their study. Given the backdrop of these challenges and the current level of activity, it could take generations to fully understand these structures, the people who created and lived in them, and their context within the rest of Iron Age Scotland.
About the author
Barrie Andrian is a professional underwater archaeologist and Managing Director of the Scottish Crannog Centre where she co-directed the first-ever timber-piled crannog reconstruction. Barrie co-founded the Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology and is a director of the Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology. Between 1978 and 1987 she was involved with many shipwreck archaeological projects including the Mary Rose and HMS Invincible off the south coast of England.