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South West Scotland Crannog Survey
The first phase of the South-West Scotland Crannog Survey, the primary fieldwork for which was carried out in 1989, examined the assumption that submerged crannogs were relatively stable while their counterparts on drained land were rapidly decaying. The work, presented in two publications - Barber & Crone (1993) and Crone (1993) - confirmed the latter assumption but, more perhaps more significantly, challenged the former. While clear indications of the accelerated organic decay of sites on drained land were obtained, it was also suggested that submerged sites were suffering from the infestation of underwater plant and animal life due to high levels of biological activity present in certain lochs (Barber & Crone 1993, 528). The results of the 1989 survey demonstrated that crannogs in south west Scotland, both on dry land and underwater, are undergoing organic decay on a scale that is significantly devaluing their potential archaeological value. However, it was not possible to fully establish the condition of the surviving crannogs by superficial examination alone and no attempt was made to assess their stability.
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