Scotlands History

Underwater archaeology

Archaeologists wearing diving gear are nowadays able to survey and excavate underwater sites. Several Scottish crannog sites have been investigated, including two crannogs in Milton Loch in Kirkcudbrightshire, which have been radiocarbon-dated to around 500 BC. One of the on-site objects dated was a wooden plough, suggesting that these sites were farmers’ homesteads.

Underwater archaeologists have investigated many sites around the world, including pirate shipwrecks, sunken World War II planes, the Titanic disaster, and Cleopatra’s underwater ruined city at Alexandria.

  • A photograph of an archaeologist taking a recording underwater

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