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Erskine Crannog (8335)

Current Priority
2
East
245478
North
672909
Site Type
Crannog
Period
4th Mil BC-1st Cen AD

Well-preserved oval shaped crannog, approximately 30m by 40m.This site was investigated in 1985 (Hanson and Macdonald 1985); it was assessed again in the summer of 1997 for an erosion survey. The exposed surface timbers are very badly damaged by both insect attack and tidal erosion. The site, the surrounding sandbanks and present HWM were contour surveyed. There was no evidence of a causeway connecting the site to the shoreline although this may be buried by the sediments which have accumulated to the S. Sponsors: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Wingate Foundation. A G C Hale 1997. Not located at time of visit.

14/09/13 ShoreUPDATE survey.

Oval spread of angular boulder sized stone much obscured by seaweed located at low water mark. Frequent large fragments of timber posts scattered along the northern edge of the site. No timber is visible on the south side. This may be because it has not survived due to the south side of the site drying out at every low tide. The north edge is on the low water line and so would only be fully exposed at spring tides.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Poor
Action
Monitor site to report erosion

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Record 153 on map C6 in Coastal Zone Assessment Survey, Firth of Clyde and Isle of Bute, 2004

Other records:

NMRS
43313
SMR
7863

ShoreUpdates

1 ShoreUpdate accepted and 0 pending.

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14th September, 2013 by ebryson
Survey Information
User:
ebryson
Date:
Sept. 14, 2013
Tidal state:
low
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
intertidal
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion; has eroded in the past
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Description:

Well-preserved oval shaped crannog, approximately 30m by 40m.This site was investigated in 1985 (Hanson and Macdonald 1985); it was assessed again in the summer of 1997 for an erosion survey. The exposed surface timbers are very badly damaged by both insect attack and tidal erosion. The site, the surrounding sandbanks and present HWM were contour surveyed. There was no evidence of a causeway connecting the site to the shoreline although this may be buried by the sediments which have accumulated to the S. Sponsors: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Wingate Foundation. A G C Hale 1997. Not located at time of visit.

14/09/13 ShoreUPDATE survey Oval spread of angular boulder sized stone much obscured by seaweed located at low water mark. Frequent large fragments of timber posts scattered along the northern edge of the site. No timber is visible on the south side. This may be because it has not survived due to the south side of the site drying out at every low tide. The north edge is on the low water line and so would only be fully exposed at spring tides.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
highly visible (substantial remains)
How accessibile is the site?:
accessible on foot (no footpath)
The site is:
don't know
Comments and recommendations
Comments:

Note: Accessible only at low tide. Not visible at high tide

Recommendations:

Monitor. Visit and update survey at spring tide.