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Friday, June 09, 2017

Earlier date for ancient wooden structures - HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News

Earlier date for ancient wooden structures - HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News

The enclosures might represent a new monument type – the round cursus.


The revised dating for the construction of the West Kennet palisade
enclosures places them in an entirely different contemporary context and
has demanded a new explanation for the large assemblages of Late
Neolithic material recovered from the site.


Alex Bayliss, Head of Scientific Dating, and Peter Marshall,
Scientific Dating Radiocarbon Specialist now think the
previously-excavated Grooved Ware and associated finds were part of an
extensive settlement that may have been the ‘worker’s camp’ for nearby
Silbury Hill.


Professor Alex Bayliss, Historic England’s Head of Scientific Dating,
said: “The West Kennet enclosures were two massive circles made up of
thousands of timbers. This earlier date is an exciting finding as it
seems likely they were constructed 800 years earlier than the nearby
Avebury stones, rather than being contemporaneous. It puts the palisades
in a completely different context.”

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