Iron, bronze and bone ornaments have been discovered at the crannog, along with the chess-like pieces believed to have been part of the game. Parts of log boats, leather shoes, knives, decorated dress pins, wooden vessels and a bowl with a cross carved on its base have also been unearthed during the six-month dig.The Drumclay Crannog was occupied from around 600 CE to 1600. There were four or five houses on the platform, likely the home of an extended family or clan.
describes the finds:
It shows people lived in houses that would have been little bigger than a large modern living room, cooking and sleeping in the same space. The walls were insulated with heather and other plants. The objects found indicate that people were very sophisticated in their tastes, living as farming families, butchering their own animals and ploughing the land for crops. They were very skilled at metalworking and woodworking, excelling at carpentry to construct the houses and crafting and decorating wooden containers of all sizes. They played board games probably around the fire on cold evenings. They wove their own cloth, having spun the wool from their own sheep.Below, a sample of finds; bone comb, bronze pin, wooden gaming piece:
To understand the society of northern Europe in this period, you have to get your mind around the concept of wealthy, cultured aristocrats who lived in what look like huts to us, or else in unbearably cold and dank stone fortresses. Their wealth was shown in the gold ornaments on their homespun clothing, their power in the number of men they could call to battle, their refinement in their knowledge of poetry, music and the law. Their homes were crude, their food boring, most of their clothes nothing special, but they knew their ancestry going back many generations and considered themselves fully the equal of villa-dwelling Romans.