4.4 Research Recommendations

Potential projects or approaches that this framework deems appropriate to promote and pursue include:

  • • To focus study on crannog contexts within their wider landscape, particularly of the earliest (Neolithic or earlier) and latest (Medieval and post-Medieval) sites;
  • • To survey under-studied areas in Scotland such as the north Highlands, as well as the remaining parts of the better known areas. This should include underwater survey using remote sensing in order to obtain coverage of large areas and identify the full range of submerged structures to be found in Scotland’s lochs
  • • To develop ‘topical’ research in areas such as Boat and shipbuilding;
  • • To foster partnership projects encompassing rivers and navigations and the mapping of the development of riverine, lacustrine and canal contexts, particularly in connection with arteries to more extensive settlements connected with the sea. This will allow understanding of how people exploited inland waterways and interacted with the coast in a ‘Source to Sea’ style approach.