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The Neolithic


Dunragit Henge Excavation


One of the curving lines of pits for the posts of a circular Neolithic enclosure at Dunragit, during excavation in 2002. There are bands of smaller holes between each of the large ones, perhaps for a timber screen between the timber uprights.


Excavation by Manchester Unviversity in the early 2000s revealed it to be a large timber henge, where one circle of timbers had eventually gone out of use and been replaced by another. Some of the holes for the timbers were over a metre across and nearly a metre deep. They could have held timber uprights made from entire tree trunks up to 10m high, taller than Stonehenge. This is the largest timber henge known in Scotland.

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