Experts say Iron Age village at Black Loch of Myrton could be Scotland's Glastonbury

By Culture24 Reporter | 30 August 2013

Experts say the discovery of the country’s first Iron Age loch village could represent “Scotland’s Glastonbury”.

A photo of a large muddy grey archaeological outdoor site
The cobbles forming the base of the hearth mound discovered at Wigtownshire, surrounded by the wooden beams of the foundation
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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A photo of an earth and grass archaeological site
The cobbles forming the base of the hearth mound are visible at the base of this photograph surrounded by a foundation layer of wooden beams. At the top the radial beams are being excavated
A photo of a group of people digging wood, stone and grass at an archaeological site
The uppermost of the hearths is visible in the foreground, and in the background the radial beams of the house foundations can be seen
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