Thursday, 15 January 2015

Causewayed enclosure

An early Neolithic monument consisting of a roughly circular area of land bounded by one or more lines of banks and ditches.
The ditches were dug as a series of elongated pits, with narrow gaps or causeways, between them. The enclosed areas appear to have been used for a variety of activities: temporary settlement, ceremony, ritual deposition, feasting and perhaps the exchange of goods. A recent programme of dating these monuments has shown that they were built between 3750 and 3500 BC. The closest to Stonehenge is Robin Hood's Ball.