A 1st millennium bc Atlantic roundhouse in Argyll: survey and excavation at Loch Glashan
Atlantic Roundhouses, Drystone Circular Building, Artefacts, Radiocarbon Dates, Architectural Evidence
1st Millennium Cal Bc, Iron Age
A detailed survey of the Atlantic roundhouse at Loch Glashan was carried out over two weeks in June 2003 alongside a small excavation to assess the extent of damage caused by encroaching vegetation and to obtain dating evidence. The structure is a large dry-stone circular building located above Loch Glashan, and the excavations produced architectural evidence suggesting more than one phase of occupation, alongside Iron Age artefacts and radiocarbon dates. These reinforce the argument that circular Iron Age structures in Argyll belong within the wider Atlantic milieu of brochs or Atlantic roundhouses dating to the second half of the 1st millennium cal BC.