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Gruline House, crannog 170m SSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Oban South and the Isles, Argyll and Bute

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.481 / 56°28'51"N

Longitude: -5.9785 / 5°58'42"W

OS Eastings: 155130

OS Northings: 739191

OS Grid: NM551391

Mapcode National: GBR CCML.8CQ

Mapcode Global: WGZDT.4CCG

Entry Name: Gruline House, crannog 170m SSW of

Scheduled Date: 24 March 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM10534

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: crannog

Location: Torosay

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Oban South and the Isles

Traditional County: Argyllshire

Description

The monument comprises a crannog, or artificial islet, probably of prehistoric date.

The crannog is visible as a mound of stone situated at the W end of Loch Ba, some 30m away from the shore, at approximately 10m OD. The water surrounding the islet is between 1.5m and 2m in depth and reaches a maximum depth of 2.3m between the site and the shore. The site is built on what appears to be a gravel ridge which rises 1m above the surrounding lochbed.

The crannog consists of a substantial mound of loose stone, roughly circular in shape, composed partly of very large boulders and partly of smaller and medium-sized stones. The mound measures approximately 15m in diameter and stands about 2m high. The summit of the mound is crowned by a circular-shaped platform.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material is likely to survive. It is circular in shape, with a diameter of 20m, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric and later settlement and economy. Its importance is increased by its potential to preserve organic remains and by its proximity to other monuments of possibly contemporary date, including other crannogs in Loch Ba.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Sources

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NM53NE 5.

References:

Holley M W (2000) THE ARTIFICIAL ISLETS/CRANNOGS OF THE CENTRAL INNER HEBRIDES, Brit Archaeol Rep Brit Ser 303, Oxford

RCAHMS (1980) ARGYLL VOL. 3: MULL, TIREE, COLL AND NORTHERN ARGYLL, Edinburgh: HMSO.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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