NS4173 : Dumbuck Crannog - the remains of the platform

taken 10 years ago, near to Milton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Dumbuck Crannog - the remains of the platform
Dumbuck Crannog - the remains of the platform
For more details, see the main description: NS4173 : Dumbuck Crannog.

Near the centre of the photo is a wooden stump; another two stumps are visible to its left and right. The three stumps are part of a larger circle of over twenty, and are the remains of a ring of timber piles (oak) that supported a platform here. However, in the foreground of the photo, the remains of the platform itself can be seen: though covered in sand, it is clear that there are timbers laid horizontally here, since their shape shows through the sand.

The 1898 excavation revealed that the platform was made of layers of roundwood, laid both tangentially and radially. An excavation in 2000 revealed the method of construction: branches were placed in a radiating pattern on top of foundation beams.

(Bearing in mind that the timbers are about 2000 years old, and that the entire site is submerged for much of the time, they are likely to be delicate; it is probably better, for the long-term preservation of the site, not to step on the places where these beams are evident; it is easy enough to move around the site to take a look at it without standing on the beams, or, indeed, entering the interior at all.)

For other views of the platform, see NS4173 : Dumbuck Crannog: radial timbers and NS4173 : Dumbuck Crannog: piles and platform. Click on the end-note title for other views of the crannog.
Dumbuck Crannog
This is the best-preserved of several crannogs located within the inner Clyde estuary. See NS4173 : Dumbuck Crannog for a detailed description.
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Date Taken
Friday, 22 August, 2008   (more nearby)
Saturday, 23 August, 2008
Geographical Context
Estuary, Marine  Historic sites and artefacts 
Near (from Tags)
River Clyde 
Period (from Tags)
Iron Age 
Crannog   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 415 739 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:55.9296N 4:32.2573W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 415 739
View Direction
South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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Crannog  Archaeology 

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