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A MAD Evening: Crannogs and Crucks
22 February 2024
Starts: 19:30
Ends: 21:30

Maddy Broad will present the results of her work on the crannogs of Assynt. Roland Spencer-Jones will stimulate a conversation about crucks in Highland buildings.

At Ferintosh Church Hall in the middle of Conon Bridge. Park in the large car park. NH 54259 55557. Google maps: https://maps.app.goo.gl/qp9bvSp3JmbPiWEC6


Maddy Broad is a current archaeology postgraduate research (MScR) student at the University of Edinburgh (UoE). She completed an archaeology degree at UoE in 2023. Her interest is in the use of drones in archaeology, with a focus on coastal and intertidal regions. Much of her work has been based in the Highlands of Scotland, mostly due to her love for the area. 

Maddy's presentation is entitled: 'An aerial survey of crannogs in Assynt'. Her undergraduate dissertation investigated crannogs in Assynt,  producing photogrammetric models of each site. She'll be discussing her background in working with drones and how she went about surveying the crannogs.


Roland Spencer-Jones has been investigating cruck frames in Highland vernacular buildings. In particular he has questions to ask about what came before crucks, and why they became redundant in the 19th century. In addition, he will consider parts of Scotland where there is no evidence of cruck-frame construction - how did they manage without crucks? 

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