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Cults Loch



Visited 15.05.23

There is a submerged crannog in the centre of Cults Loch, c. 1 mile NE of Castle Kennedy in Dumfries and Galloway. An additional crannog site can be found in the NW corner of Cults Loch.

Cults Loch Central Crannog is visible as a scrubby island c. 100 yards off the W bank of Cults Loch. According to Canmore ID 61693, the island "measures about 7.5m from N to S by 5.1m transversely." An underwater archaeological survey in 2002 estimated the dimensions of the submerged crannog to be 19.5m N-S by 17m transversely, rising 2.5m above the loch bed.

Cults Loch NW Crannog was located on a sub circular promontory, projecting c. 50 yards into the NW corner of Cults Loch at NX 1203 6058. Archaeological excavations carried out between 2007 and 2010 established that the promontory was man-made. Traces of a ditch and wooden palisade defensive structure were found at the neck of the promontory. The excavation of the interior yielded evidence of multi-phase occupation. Canmore ID 276231 has further detail of the archaelogical excavations of Cults Loch NW Crannog. The present waterlogged condition of the site on the N margin of the loch precluded me from making any investigation of the promontory.
Posted by markj99
16th May 2023ce
Edited 16th May 2023ce

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