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Cults Loch

Cults Loch imageThis site is located below the 20 m OD contour, making this the lowest lying site in the present study. The crannog is a small island located to the north western side of the loch. It is reached by boat from the north side of the loch in an area where terrestrialisation is in evidence away from the main area of the loch. The surface of the crannog at this location is heavily vegetated and considerably disturbed by swan nesting activity. Below the surface deposits associated with the modern vegetation, which occur between 0.2-0.3 m depth around the edge of the crannog, silts are in evidence which grade into medium sands that are increasingly wet with depth. The island on which the crannog is located is formed from these sands which can be traced for some distance away from the island, by wading. The crannog matrix itself comprises the silts and sands mentioned above, which are intercalated with densely packed small-medium angular stone throughout.

Cults Loch imageThe western sites located near the coast in the Stranraer region have markedly different annual conditions and less marked seasonality when compared to the sites in the east. Again, context is important and whilst in situ Cults Loch imagestudies of soil status using the techniques discussed above are warranted, in order to provide baseline data against which the eastern sites can be assessed, the western sites may be benefiting from greater annual rates of precipitation.

Although only limited data exists for the western sites of Whitefield and Cults Lochs, seasonal saturation, with limited lowered water levels across the July to October of 2005, would suggest good conditions for in situ preservation of the organic archaeological resource. Despite this, both of these sites are being impacted upon from external variables such as wave fetch and nesting damage.

Page last updated by Tim Bettley on 8/1/2013