Celtic Connections and Crannogs

A new Study of Lake Settlements Across the Irish Sea

Principal Investigator (PI): Prof Tony Brown,
CI: Dr Pete Langdon

With: the Universities of Newcastle, Plymouth, Queens Belfast and both Historic Scotland and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency as partners.

Basic outline:

Around 3000 years ago communities in Scotland & Ireland started building islands called ‘crannogs’ in lakes & mires, a practice that in places continued into the Medieval Period.  Why & how did these sites fit into the emerging Celtic landscapes we still see today?

This project will be applying traditional palaeoenvironmental techniques alongside a new generation of bioarchaeological methods, particularly geochemistry, lipid biomarkers & aDNA metabarcoding in conjunction with archaeological excavation & community involvement.