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Scottish Crannog Centre
The focal point in the centre is Oakbank Crannog, an early Iron Age site in Loch Tay first discovered by Dr Nicholas Dixon in 1979. Dr Dixon’s pioneering excavations there began in 1980 and led to the first authentic reconstruction of a timber piled crannog in the UK and to the development of the Scottish Crannog Centre.

The Centre comprises three elements: an exhibition of work in progress, interpretative boards, and a range of artefacts and timbers recovered from underwater excavations; guided tours inside the reconstructed crannog; outside, visitors can try their hand at several ancient crafts and technologies and participate in a range of special events. Any profits generated by the Centre are covenanted direct to the Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology to further research and training.
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The Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology
The STUA is the primary organisation in Scotland carrying out crannog research. Founded in 1989 by crannog specialist Dr Nicholas Dixon of Edinburgh University, the charitable Trust (SCO18418) aims to promote the research, recording, preservation, and public awareness of crannogs and other submerged settlements. The unit maintains a database of known and suspected crannogs, and carries out surveys and underwater excavations throughout the country. The Trust’s field station is based in Loch Tay, Perthshire, where the remains of 18 crannogs are preserved.
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Published: 28-01-2005



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