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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 few relevant features:

Canmore ID 281446: 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.

However, the Hidden Heritage Project 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 excavation report available to download from our Results section.

Check out the photo of the beautiful flint tool (left) found by one of our volunteers in the playing field at Tarbet.

Since the Hidden Heritage Project ended, excavations at Succoth at the head of Loch Long, carried out by Argyll Archaeology in advance of a new housing development, have discovered more evidence of prehistoric activity, with charcoal and tools from the Late Mesolithic and Early Neolithic periods. Read more here. 

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