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By Julian Thomas

ISBN-10: 1782979700

ISBN-13: 9781782979708

A complicated enclosure pointed out through aerial images at Dunragit Galloway, was once established via excavation to were of overdue Neolithic date, and comprised 3 concentric bushes ramped post-rings, 120–300 m in diameter. the 2 outer post-rings each one comprised huge uprights interspersed with smaller contributors, most likely forming a continual palisade. every one was once 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 were intentionally got rid of, the post-holes being significantly better than these of the 2 outer earrings. the place posts have been pulled out, a couple of problematic deposits were positioned within the crater left by way of the post-removal. The entrances to the post-rings aren't aligned and the popular interpretation is that the monument as an entire had levels of building, in every one of which a bushes circle was once surrounded by means of a palisade, and during which the center post-ring succeeded the outer, or vice-versa.

The enclosure have been preceded via a post-defined cursus monument during which all of the submit 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 so much problematic front, hooked up with the center post-ring, consists of 2 parallel traces of positive factors, most likely post-holes, establishing 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 have been developed with stepped facets, and stone cairn have been developed on its summit. a sequence of optically encouraged luminescence dates at the collected sand over the outside of the mound confirmed that it used to be in no way medieval, and used to be most likely Neolithic in date.

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