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Prehistory

Evidence for prehistoric occupation in the area is sparse. The West of Scotland Archaeology Service's interactive map and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland's archive, Canmore, identify a few relevant features:

WoSAS PIN 55468: A small scatter of lithics found near Arrochar on a terrace by a watercourse, which could possibly be evidence of Neolithic or Bronze Age activity in the area.

WoSAS PIN 14611: Suggestions of a hut circle near Stuckdhu

WoSAS PIN 21286: A possible Iron Age fort in Glen Croe

However, the Hidden Heritage Project has uncovered NEW evidence of Prehistoric activity on the shores of Loch Lomond! A small collection of flint tools and the debris (or 'debitage') created by the process was found in the school playing field. Although the pieces can't be dated exactly, lithics expert Dr. Dene Wright from Glasgow University suggests that they could be Neolithic or Bronze Age in origin. Dene's report is included in the final exxcavation report available to download from our Results section.

Check out the photo of the beautiful flint tool found by one of our volunteers in the playing field at Tarbet!! 

See a video on flint knapping here, and also visit this website on flint knapping.

 

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