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By Julian Thomas

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A complicated enclosure pointed out through aerial images at Dunragit Galloway, was once confirmed via 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 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, 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 jewelry. the place posts have been pulled out, a few complex deposits have been put within the crater left through the post-removal. The entrances to the post-rings will not be aligned and the popular interpretation is that the monument as an entire had stages of building, in each one of which a trees circle used to be surrounded by way of a palisade, and during which the center post-ring succeeded the outer, or vice-versa.

The enclosure have been preceded by means of a post-defined cursus monument within which all of the submit have been burned in situ and diverse different post-holes have been positioned at the similar axis because the cursus, extending past the monument itself.

The so much tricky front, attached with the center post-ring, consists of 2 parallel strains of beneficial properties, 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, remembers the organization of varied very huge mounds with with henges or palisaded enclosures, as at Silbury Hill, Wiltshire. Excavation tested that it were developed with stepped aspects, and stone cairn have been built on its summit. a sequence of optically motivated luminescence dates at the accrued sand over the skin of the mound tested that it was once on no account medieval, and used to be most likely Neolithic in date.

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