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By Julian Thomas

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ISBN-13: 9781782979708

A advanced enclosure pointed out via aerial images at Dunragit Galloway, was once proven via 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 contributors, most likely forming a continuing palisade. every one was once a single-phase constitution and the posts had rotted out. the internal 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 higher than these of the 2 outer jewelry. the place posts were pulled out, a few problematic deposits have been put within the crater left through 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 development, in each one of which a bushes circle used to be surrounded through a palisade, and during which the center post-ring succeeded the outer, or vice-versa.

The enclosure have been preceded through a post-defined cursus monument within which the entire publish were 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 tricky front, attached with the center post-ring, consists of 2 parallel traces of beneficial properties, possibly post-holes, starting 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 varied very huge mounds with with henges or palisaded enclosures, as at Silbury Hill, Wiltshire. Excavation proven that it have been developed with stepped aspects, and stone cairn were built on its summit. a chain of optically influenced luminescence dates at the collected sand over the skin of the mound established that it was once on no account medieval, and was once most likely Neolithic in date.

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