MHG2314 - Crannog, Loch Watten


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Type and Period (1)

  • CRANNOG (Iron Age - 550 BC to 560 AD)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

At E end of Loch Watten, 200 yds from the shore is a small island, a round heap of stones about 4ft above water; it bears every appearance of being artificial.
F O Blundell 1913; Information from R McClements, Schoolhouse, Kiess to Blundell.

The island at E end of Loch Watten at ND 2443 5585 measures 12.5m NE-SW by 10.5m transversely. It is composed of small stones and earth, surmounted by several larger stones and is almost certainly artificial. No trace of a causeway could be found.
Visited by OS (R D) 25 October 1965.

This is a crannog generally as described by the previous field investigator. The level of Loch Watten has been raised by damming the outflow, and around the island a submerged platform of large rubble stones is clearly visible indicating an original diameter of approximately 20.0m. There is no evidence of a causeway.
Visited by OS (N K B) 17 May 1982.

The crannog is visible on vertical air photographs (OS 89/202/087-8, flown 1989).
Information from RCAHMS (DE) July 1996

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Grid reference Centred ND 2443 5585 (40m by 40m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND25NW
Civil Parish WATTEN
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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