By Julian Thomas

ISBN-10: 1782979700

ISBN-13: 9781782979708

A complicated enclosure pointed out through aerial images at Dunragit Galloway, used to be validated through excavation to were of overdue Neolithic date, and comprised 3 concentric trees ramped post-rings, 120–300 m in diameter. the 2 outer post-rings every one comprised huge uprights interspersed with smaller individuals, most likely forming a continual palisade. each one was once a single-phase constitution and the posts had rotted out. the internal ring had principally been made from huge, freestanding posts, so much of which had rotted away, yet a few of which were intentionally got rid of, the post-holes being significantly better than these of the 2 outer jewelry. the place posts were pulled out, a couple of problematic deposits were put within the crater left through the post-removal. The entrances to the post-rings aren't aligned and the popular interpretation is that the monument as a complete had stages of building, in each one of which a trees circle used to be surrounded by means of a palisade, and within which the center post-ring succeeded the outer, or vice-versa.

The enclosure were preceded by way of a post-defined cursus monument during which the entire publish have been burned in situ and various different post-holes have been positioned at the comparable axis because the cursus, extending past the monument itself.

The such a lot tricky front, hooked up with the center post-ring, consists of 2 parallel traces of gains, most likely post-holes, starting towards the south, and aligned on a wide earthen mound at Droughduil, four hundred m away. Droughduil Mote, even though recorded as a medieval motte, recollects the organization of varied very huge mounds with with henges or palisaded enclosures, as at Silbury Hill, Wiltshire. Excavation verified that it have been developed with stepped aspects, and stone cairn were built on its summit. a chain of optically prompted luminescence dates at the gathered sand over the skin of the mound tested that it used to be not at all medieval, and was once most likely Neolithic in date.

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