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

By Julian Thomas

ISBN-10: 1782979700

ISBN-13: 9781782979708

A advanced enclosure pointed out by means of aerial images at Dunragit Galloway, was once proven through excavation to were of past due Neolithic date, and comprised 3 concentric bushes 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 continuing palisade. every one was once a single-phase constitution and the posts had rotted out. the interior ring had mostly 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 complex deposits have been put within the crater left through the post-removal. The entrances to the post-rings should not aligned and the popular interpretation is that the monument as a complete had levels of development, in every one of which a trees circle was once surrounded via a palisade, and during which the center post-ring succeeded the outer, or vice-versa.

The enclosure were preceded through a post-defined cursus monument within which the entire put up were burned in situ and various different post-holes have been situated at the similar axis because the cursus, extending past the monument itself.

The such a lot difficult front, attached with the center post-ring, consists of 2 parallel traces of positive aspects, possibly post-holes, establishing 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, remembers the organization of assorted very huge mounds with with henges or palisaded enclosures, as at Silbury Hill, Wiltshire. Excavation verified that it have been built with stepped aspects, and stone cairn were built on its summit. a chain of optically prompted luminescence dates at the amassed sand over the outside of the mound validated that it was once on no account medieval, and was once most likely Neolithic in date.

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