A watery view of the ancient history of the Western Isles is tucked away in the TV schedules over the next week, with the secrets of Lewis lochs to be shown to a world audience from tonight (Friday August 30th).

The Travel Show for BBC World News has been on the shores of Loch Arnish with diver Chris Murray, exploring the Neolithic background of his discoveries in the water.

Chris has been working with university archaeologists on finds of pottery and other fragments, which could show settlements in Lewis from before the time of the pyramids.

TV presenter Christa Larwood interviewed him recently to explore the possible history of crannogs – dwellings which sat on man-made islands in the lochs.

Chris told welovestornoway.com today: “Christa came up to interview me and they also asked for underwater footage which I had taken with local archaeologist, the late Mark Elliott. They were interested about the research findings of the archaeologists who have been basing research on my finds.”

The Travel Show feature about Lewis crannogs shows on the BBC World News channel tonight at 9.30pm and is repeated four times on Saturday, twice on Sunday and at 9am on Wednesday (September 4th).

The picture shows some of the ancient pottery fragments discovered by Chris in Lewis lochs (Chris Murray).