Structure Sixteen

Occupation Phase Two in Trench P, dating from c3100BC. Structure Sixteen is highlighted in red.

Occupation Phase Two in Trench P, dating from c3100BC. Structure Sixteen is highlighted in red.

The heavily truncated remains of Structure Sixteen sit directly to the south of Structure Fourteen in Trench P.

Structures Fourteen (top) and Sixteen. Structure One is pictured bottom left.

Structures Fourteen (top) and Sixteen. Structure One is pictured bottom left.

Measuring approximately five metres by three metres, and aligned northwest-southeast, it seems this small building was an outbuilding associated with Fourteen. The entrances to both structures faced each other, bringing to mind the arrangement noted at Houses Two and Nine at the Barnhouse settlement, c450 metres to the east-south-east.

Not only is Structure Fourteen almost identical in layout to House Two, but both were probably contemporary, dating to c3100BC.

Like Barnhouse’s House Nine, Structure Sixteen had a central hearth and its western wall was also curved. It’s eastern wall, however, lies outside the trench boundary.

Only one occupation deposit was found within Structure Sixteen – a rammed clay floor – suggesting the building was not used regularly. Above this were layers of rubble associated with the building’s demolition. These were contemporary with rubble layers outside Structure Fourteen, indicating that both buildings were dismantled at the same time.

A large decorated orthostat incorporated into the entrance area of Sixteen may pre-date the construction of the building and have been one of a number of north-south aligned standing stones noted on site.

The heavily truncated remains of Structure Sixteen, looking north-west along its interior across the hearth towards its entrance. (ORCA)

The heavily truncated remains of Structure Sixteen, looking north-west along its interior across the hearth towards its entrance. (ORCA)

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