Structure Fourteen

Structure Fourteen

The smallest piered building uncovered to date, Structure Fourteen measures approximately 11 metres long and nine metres wide and is the sole building in Trench P to have been completely excavated.

Built slightly later than Structure One, but contemporary in its use, Structure Fourteen is small compared to its contemporaries. It closely parallels the architecture of Structure Two at the nearby Barnhouse Settlement, which raises interesting questions about the relationship between the two sites.

Although not as well preserved as other buildings in the trench, Structure Fourteen still displayed fine architectural features with two sets of opposing piers, corner buttressing at one end, and two hearths. It had two entrances and was modified on several occasions over its lifetime until finally abandoned and robbed of its stonework.

The recess at its southern end contained various orthostats that may have been part of a stone “dresser”.