The enclosure had been preceded by a post-defined cursus monument in which all the post had been burned in situ and numerous other post-holes were located on the same axis as the cursus, extending beyond the monument itself.
The most elaborate entrance, connected with the middle post-ring, is composed of two parallel lines of features, presumably post-holes, opening toward the south, and aligned on a large earthen mound at Droughduil, 400 m away. Droughduil Mote, though recorded as a medieval motte, recalls the association of various very large mounds with with henges or palisaded enclosures, as at Silbury Hill, Wiltshire. Excavation demonstrated that it had been constructed with stepped sides, and that a stone cairn had been constructed on its summit. A series of optically stimulated luminescence dates on the accumulated sand over the surface of the mound demonstrated that it was certainly not medieval, and was probably Neolithic in date.
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Table of Contents1: Introduction – Julian Thomas
2: Context: the Prehistory of Luce Bay – Julian Thomas
3: Dunragit: Features Revealed by Excavation - Julian Thomas and Matthew Leivers
4: The Droughduil Mote - Julian Thomas, David Sanderson and Colin Kerr
5: Relative sea-level change and experiencing the Droughduill Mound - Richard Tipping, David Smith and Jason Jordan
6: Prehistoric pottery - Matthew Leivers with Julian Thomas
7: Lithics from Dunragit - Elizabeth Healey
8: Cremated bone - Jacqueline McKinley
9: Soil Micromorphology of post-hole fills from Dunragit - Helen Lewis
10: Radiocarbon Dating and Bayesian Modelling - Derek Hamilton and Julian Thomas
11: Discussion – Julian Thomas