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The Crannog

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On a small lough we stopped in, there was a crannog, a little artificial fortified island, in the middle of it. We went exploring it on the dinghy with Eric, who told us a thing or two: these were built in the 6th century, for a family group to live on. They were linked to the mainland by stepping stones, but those remained covered by water. The floor of this one was about a foot underwater. We went in with the dinghy and did a bit of dipping in the dark water and could feel a slab, where the fire place might have been. We found a little piece of pottery. But on the whole it remains a mysterious place.
26th Sep 2009, 12:27   | tags:,

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Factotum says:

That's really interesting. I would have been really excited about finding what might be a sixth century shard.

26th Sep 2009, 12:37

lilitiger says:

Yes it was really exciting. Apparently there had been a massive volcanic eruption around then (attributed to Mount Krakatoa) that obscured the sun for many months. People took refuge by lakes, and lived of fish. That eruption is claimed to have precipitated the Dark Ages in Europe. The eruption has been confirmed by analysis of ice samples from the poles. It makes it all the more poignant that this crannog dates from a period of history that followed richly documented cultures, and yet we know very little of its own period.

28th Sep 2009, 16:31

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