By Julian Thomas
The enclosure have been preceded through a post-defined cursus monument within which the entire submit were burned in situ and diverse different post-holes have been positioned at the related axis because the cursus, extending past the monument itself.
The such a lot difficult front, attached with the center post-ring, consists of 2 parallel traces of positive aspects, 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 assorted very huge mounds with with henges or palisaded enclosures, as at Silbury Hill, Wiltshire. Excavation verified that it were developed with stepped aspects, and stone cairn have been developed on its summit. a sequence of optically motivated luminescence dates at the accrued sand over the skin of the mound confirmed that it was once by no means medieval, and used to be most likely Neolithic in date.
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A Neolithic Ceremonial Complex in Galloway: Excavations at Dunragit and Droughduil, 1999–2002 by Julian Thomas