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

By Julian Thomas

ISBN-10: 1782979700

ISBN-13: 9781782979708

A complicated enclosure pointed out by way of aerial images at Dunragit Galloway, used to be validated 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 every one comprised huge uprights interspersed with smaller participants, 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 of 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 jewelry. the place posts have been pulled out, a few complicated deposits have been put within the crater left by way of the post-removal. The entrances to the post-rings are usually not aligned and the popular interpretation is that the monument as an entire had levels of building, in every 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 via a post-defined cursus monument during which the entire publish have been burned in situ and diverse different post-holes have been positioned at the related axis because the cursus, extending past the monument itself.

The so much tricky front, hooked up with the center post-ring, consists of 2 parallel traces of gains, possibly 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, recollects the organization of assorted very huge mounds with with henges or palisaded enclosures, as at Silbury Hill, Wiltshire. Excavation confirmed that it were built with stepped facets, and stone cairn were developed on its summit. a sequence of optically influenced luminescence dates at the collected sand over the outside of the mound validated that it used to be in no way medieval, and used to be most likely Neolithic in date.

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