A Neolithic Ceremonial Complex in Galloway: Excavations at by Julian Thomas PDF

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 confirmed by way of excavation to were of past due Neolithic date, and comprised 3 concentric trees ramped post-rings, 120–300 m in diameter. the 2 outer post-rings each one comprised huge uprights interspersed with smaller individuals, 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, such a lot 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 aren't aligned and the popular interpretation is that the monument as a complete had levels of building, in every 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 through a post-defined cursus monument during which all of the submit were burned in situ and various different post-holes have been positioned at the related axis because the cursus, extending past the monument itself.

The such a lot complex front, hooked up with the center post-ring, consists of 2 parallel traces of positive aspects, most likely post-holes, beginning towards the south, and aligned on a wide earthen mound at Droughduil, four hundred m away. Droughduil Mote, notwithstanding 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 validated that it were built with stepped aspects, and stone cairn have been developed on its summit. a chain of optically influenced luminescence dates at the accrued sand over the skin of the mound tested that it was once under no circumstances medieval, and was once most likely Neolithic in date.

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