Tower timbers found on Firth of Clyde

The west Scotland Firth of Clyde may have housed a 13th century harbor and large timber tower, according to archaeologists from Wessex Archaeology Coastal & Marine and members of the local community who have been studying the site since the destructive winter storms of early 2014. (photos, map)

The large, oak timbers were found buried in coastal sand flats at Hunterston Sands and were well preserved. The hexagonal, stone harbor could hold a number of boats, but only at low tide.

Dr Andy Bicket, Senior Archaeologist and Geoarchaeologist for Wessex Archaeology, Coastal & Marine said: “This represents an incredibly rare and exciting find. The early 13th century was a key period for defining Scotland and the west coast seaways were instrumental in the strategies of the various factions vying for control. The structures on Hunterston Sands also highlight that managing coastal change has long been an important issue for people”.