Neolithic Forteviot

Painting by David Simon

This view of the Neolithic palisaded enclosure is from the terrace overlooking it from the south. It is shown clear of surrounding trees to make this reconstruction more visible, but it could have been a clearing in the forest. The cutting, moving and erecting each tree trunk would have been a major undertaking involving large numbers of people. This reconstruction indicates how imposing the finished enclosure would have been, how it might have looked if the timbers were painted and how many people could have been contained within the enclosure. Some, but not all of the space was used for cremation burials; there is little evidence to tell us what other activities took place here.

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