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Old 03-01-2019, 05:25 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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I wondered if other places had these man made structures ... as it says Scotland Ireland and Wales.. Im sure many people would have had these.. is typically a partially or entirely artificial island, usually built in lakes, rivers and estuarine waters of Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Unlike the prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps that were built on the shores and were inundated only later on, crannogs were built in the water, thus forming artificial islands. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crannog
Many Scottish lochs are littered with small, tree-filled islands, poking their heads up just above the waterline. What most people don't realise is that they are often man-made islands, and once contained spectacular Iron Age dwellings. Thatched, timber roundhouses were supported on huge, wooden piles driven deep into the bed of the loch. The surrounding water was the inhabitants' defence.

There are over 600 recognised crannogs in Scotland. Some, such as Eilean Dòmhnuill in Loch Olabhat on North Uist, are believed to date back to Neolithic times. More commonly crannogs typically date to the Iron Age.

Crannogs were probably the centres of prosperous Iron Age farms, where people lived in an easily-defended location to protect themselves and their livestock from passing raiders.

The settlement would have consisted of a farm house, with cattle and crops being tended in nearby fields, and sheep on hill pastures. Local woodlands would have serviced the home with fruit, hazelnuts, wild cabbage and medicines, as well as with wild boar and other woodland animals suitable for hunting.
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Old 03-01-2019, 02:38 PM
 
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Yes they are intriguing constructs. I wonder though just how much work they would have taken to assemble. Is it something that would require several generations to build? Just how did they drive those large wooden piles into the lake bottom? Perhaps an experiment is needed to see if we can reproduce the methods?
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Old 03-01-2019, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Yes they are intriguing constructs. I wonder though just how much work they would have taken to assemble. Is it something that would require several generations to build? Just how did they drive those large wooden piles into the lake bottom? Perhaps an experiment is needed to see if we can reproduce the methods?
some of the poles can be seen in rivers and lochs all over Scotland to this day rj.. they are all now recontructions as only the poles into the sea are left.. https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/1280...39325/?lp=true
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Old 03-01-2019, 10:43 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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I visited a reconstructed Crannog in Ireland in 2004. I can probably find some pictures to post. It was set up on a small Island with several structures including a large hut.

My impression at the time is that it would be very labor intensive to make and to justify the time and energy would be difficult.
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Old 03-02-2019, 04:18 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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I visited a reconstructed Crannog in Ireland in 2004. I can probably find some pictures to post. It was set up on a small Island with several structures including a large hut.

My impression at the time is that it would be very labor intensive to make and to justify the time and energy would be difficult.
would love to see the photos , where in Ireland was this , Id love to have seen them...
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Old 03-02-2019, 04:49 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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I visited a reconstructed Crannog in Ireland in 2004. I can probably find some pictures to post. It was set up on a small Island with several structures including a large hut.

My impression at the time is that it would be very labor intensive to make and to justify the time and energy would be difficult.
It would have been ... but maybe it gave them a sense of safety like a small castle in a way..
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Old 03-02-2019, 02:38 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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would love to see the photos , where in Ireland was this , Id love to have seen them...
Ok, here you are (note, I have never been very good with getting pics into City Data). These are from a trip I took to Ireland in 2004.





and finally,

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Old 03-02-2019, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Ok, here you are (note, I have never been very good with getting pics into City Data). These are from a trip I took to Ireland in 2004.





and finally,
beauties where exactly are they ..
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Old 03-02-2019, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Very interesting, thanks for posting. They are beautiful....
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Old 03-03-2019, 04:16 AM
 
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Very interesting, thanks for posting. They are beautiful....
they are actually quite beautiful
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