Experts say the discovery of the country’s first Iron Age loch village could represent “Scotland’s Glastonbury”.
A dig at the now-filled Black Loch of Myrton, in Wigtownshire, had been expected to reveal a crannog loch dwelling. But a small group of mounds led to a massive stone hearth complex at the centre of a roundhouse in a complex of at least seven wetland houses.
Beams, the timber structure and the stake-built outer wall of the central house, uncovered in a campaign boosted by a team of local volunteers, will be preserved by excavators AOC Archaeology Group.
“There are some excellent examples of lake villages in England, but this is the first time archaeologists have found a loch village in Scotland,” said Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop, calling the Iron Age settlement an “exciting" and "unexpected” find.
“I am pleased that experts joined forces with local volunteers on this project and I look forward to discovering what more this important find can teach us about Iron Age Scotland.”
Funders Historic Scotland are hoping to repeat the project’s success across a range of similarly promising investigations planned during the next year.
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