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Crannog 15 Loch Awe

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Location: Sonachan Burial Ground

Map reference: NN 043 207

Date of Survey: 25 September 1972

Loch level OD: 35.448 m

Highest point of crannog OD: 35.948 m

Top to bottom of crannog: 4.4 m

Overall spread: 25.5 m x 23 m

Usable area: 17 m x 14 m

Description (1972): No vegetation.
Timber visible in surface to SE:
• Large baulk 2.8 m x 0.70 m
• five other smaller pieces of timber visible
• at NW four piles and three recumbent timbers at the base of the crannog supporting the stones on a very steep shelving slope. Diameter of piles between 8 cm and 15 cm

Oval heap of stones similar to a jetty, to NE side, with small channel between it and the crannog: 2.9 m thick x 11 m wide x 11 m long. Shore lay to S, 25 m distant, with mud between.

Finds:
• to W of centre, two notched stones (broken bored stones)
• to S, hourglass-shaped pebble battered on one surface
• at waterline on NE side flaked stone disc 20 cm diam x 2.5 cm thick

Dating:

Post-1972: Damage to top of crannog reported by Taylor et al 1999

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Piles at the base of Crannog 15 held it on a steep underwater slope



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