Mysterious human-made islands in Scotland

man made island in scotland
Photo: Antiquity
Share this:

Artificial, human made islets known as crannogs, can be found all across Scotland. Traditionally, they were dated to no earlier than the Iron Age (800 BC), however latest research of several Outer Hebridean Neolithic crannogs has demonstrated that crannogs were a widespread feature of the Neolithic (after 4000 BC), with some of the new islands dating back to 3,700 BC. They may have been special locations, based on the finding of material culture in the surrounding water. These findings suggest that other ‘undated’ crannogs across Scotland and Ireland could potentially have Neolithic origins.

The study was published in Cambridge Core (© Antiquity Publications Ltd, 2019).

Garrow, D., & Sturt, F. (2019). Neolithic crannogs: Rethinking settlement, monumentality and deposition in the Outer Hebrides and beyond. Antiquity, 93(369), 664-684. doi:10.15184/aqy.2019.41



I am a Chartered Environmentalist from the Royal Society for the Environment, UK and co-owner of DoLocal Digital Marketing Agency Ltd, with a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University, an MBA in Finance, and a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics. I am passionate about science, history and environment and love to create content on these topics.

Free Email Updates
We respect your privacy.