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By Julian Thomas

ISBN-10: 1782979700

ISBN-13: 9781782979708

A advanced enclosure pointed out by means of aerial images at Dunragit Galloway, used to be verified by way of 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 participants, most likely forming a continuing palisade. each one used to be a single-phase constitution and the posts had rotted out. the interior ring had principally been made from huge, freestanding posts, so much of which had rotted away, yet a few of which have been intentionally got rid of, the post-holes being significantly better than these of the 2 outer earrings. the place posts were pulled out, a couple of difficult deposits were put within the crater left by means of the post-removal. The entrances to the post-rings should not aligned and the popular interpretation is that the monument as an entire had stages of building, in each one of which a bushes circle used to be surrounded through 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 put up were burned in situ and diverse different post-holes have been situated at the comparable axis because the cursus, extending past the monument itself.

The so much difficult front, attached with the center post-ring, consists of 2 parallel strains of good points, possibly post-holes, beginning towards the south, and aligned on a wide earthen mound at Droughduil, four hundred m away. Droughduil Mote, although recorded as a medieval motte, remembers the organization of assorted very huge mounds with with henges or palisaded enclosures, as at Silbury Hill, Wiltshire. Excavation confirmed that it were developed with stepped aspects, and stone cairn have been developed on its summit. a sequence of optically inspired luminescence dates at the accrued sand over the skin of the mound tested that it used to be on no account medieval, and was once most likely Neolithic in date.

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