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Archaeology

Polished stone axes were the oldest archaeological objects found in the West Highland region, and date from the Neolithic period (around 2000BCE). The use of metal axes became widespread soon afterwards, and the museum has examples of these, as well as the heads of the earlier stone axes.

Our collection includes ancient pottery and metalwork, arrowheads and stonework, salvage from the wreck of a Spanish Galleon, and clothing and artefacts from a 1500-year old crannog site. (A crannog was a type of circular loch-dwelling on wooden stilts). Choose an image for further details.

Celtic Stonework

The museum holds fine examples of Celtic Stonework in its collection.

The stone pictured is a large part of a slab of arenaceous mica schist found at Kilmallie churchyard, and most likely dates from the sixteenth century.

Deer on stone

It is decorated with interlaced foliage, and a weathered impression of a wolf chasing a deer can be seen at the bottom of the stone.