Structures Twenty-One and Twenty-Nine

Structures Twenty-One and Twenty-Nine in relation to the other piered buildings in Trench P.

Structures Twenty-One and Twenty-Nine in relation to the other piered buildings in Trench P.

Structure Twenty-One

To the west of Structure One, and protruding from the side of Trench P, is Structure Twenty-One’s northern wall.

Structure Twenty-One's northern wall. (Scott Pike)

Structure Twenty-One’s northern wall. (Scott Pike)

Only the eastern end of the building, which was built c3200BC but slightly later than Structure One, is visible although geophysical survey suggests it continues around 15 metres west of the trench edge.

A faint geophysical anomaly 11 metres to the south probably represents the southern wall, suggesting the building was around the same size as Structure Twelve and had similar internal features.

After Twenty-One went out of use, its eastern wall was completely removed, possibly as a source of building stone.

Structure Twenty-One (top right) and Twenty-Nine (top left) are visible in this drone shot of Structure One. (Scott Pike)

Structure Twenty-One (top right) and Twenty-Nine (top left) are visible in this drone shot of Structure One. (Scott Pike)

The central pave area and standing stone in Trench P. Structure Twenty-Nine's curved wall section is visible at the bottom right of the picture.

The central pave area and standing stone in Trench P. Structure Twenty-Nine’s curved wall section is visible at the bottom right of the picture. (Sigurd Towrie)

Structure Twenty-Nine

All that is visible of this building is a single curved wall section jutting from the trench section to the south of Structure One.

Its relationship to the central paved area and standing stone suggests it was contemporary with Structures One, Eight, Twelve and Twenty-One and dates to around 3200-3100BC.

Originally, we thought that a second wall section, protruding from the trench edge to the west of Structure Twelve, might also belong to Twenty-Nine.

In 2021, after this section was cleaned up it was clear that its construction was inferior and more akin to the later ephemeral buildings, such as Structure Twenty-Six, to the north-east, which are contemporary with the rebuild of Structure Ten.

Structure Twenty-Nine wall section protruding from the trench section between Structures One and Twelve. (Scott Pike)

Structure Twenty-Nine wall section protruding from the trench section between Structures One and Twelve. (Scott Pike)

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