There is a lot of prehistoric evidence in the area : chambered cairns, standing stones, and so much more
We have a long way to go to understand, explain, share it all

3000 years ago
hunters and farmers

  • Started to enclose the ground to manage grazing around the year and to keep crops and stock separate.
  • There are field boundaries on the Moss behind Balure of Shian which indicate where these people were separating stock and crops. The ground there now is very poor but is suffering from a lapse in controlling the drains. Even when this land was being well and actively managed it was rough and very extensive grazing. Neolithic man must have found it was of much better quality for it to be worth expending so much energy to build these significant ground features. They did not waste energy. One supposition might be that the climate was significantly better. This would make this ground much more fertile and worth working.
  • By this time that the major movements of the land following the last Ice age had settled Oban Glenshellach dig - A ROUTINE archaeological survey at a planned housing development has uncovered a treasure trove of Iron and Bronze Age artefacts. The find, on a hillside near Oban, includes a Neolithic axe-head dating back 5,000 to 6,000 years, three roundhouses around 2,500 to 3,000 years old and the remains of an 18th-century farmstead and metalwork store.

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