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By Julian Thomas

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A advanced enclosure pointed out by means of aerial images at Dunragit Galloway, was once validated through 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 every one comprised huge uprights interspersed with smaller individuals, most likely forming a continual 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, 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 few complex deposits were positioned within the crater left by means of the post-removal. The entrances to the post-rings usually are not aligned and the popular interpretation is that the monument as a complete 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 have been preceded through a post-defined cursus monument during which all of the publish have been burned in situ and diverse different post-holes have been situated at the related axis because the cursus, extending past the monument itself.

The so much intricate front, hooked up with the center post-ring, consists of 2 parallel traces of gains, most likely post-holes, establishing towards the south, and aligned on a wide earthen mound at Droughduil, four hundred m away. Droughduil Mote, notwithstanding recorded as a medieval motte, recollects 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 have been developed on its summit. a sequence of optically motivated luminescence dates at the amassed sand over the skin of the mound verified that it used to be under no circumstances medieval, and was once most likely Neolithic in date.

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