The excavation of pit circles at Romancamp Gate, Fochabers, Moray, 1990

Gordon Barclay (Author)

Postholes Fence Lines, Pit, Funerary Structures, Postholes Radiocarbon, Flint Tools, Ceremonial, Round Houses, Pits, Radiocarbon, Flint, Charcoal, Cropmark Pit
Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age


The excavation was undertaken to test hypotheses relating to the interpretation of cropmark pit circles: were they Neolithic or Bronze Age ceremonial or funerary structures, or were they Iron Age houses, and to what extent could the two classifications be differentiated on aerial photographs? The excavation revealed the remains of four circles of large post--holes, fence lines, and many other pits and post--holes. Radiocarbon dates place the post circles late in the first millennium BC uncalibrated. The pit circles may be interpreted as the main structural elements of four substantial round houses, two of which burned down. Mesolithic flint tools were recovered.There are the following specialist contributions. `Charcoal identification and radiocarbon dating' by Anne Crone & Gordon Cook (262), `Report on the flint tools recovered at Romancamp Gate' by Alan Saville (262--3 & microfiche) and `The botanical remains from Romancamp Gate' by T G Holden (263--5). BOC


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Barclay, G. (1994). The excavation of pit circles at Romancamp Gate, Fochabers, Moray, 1990. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 123, 255-268. Retrieved from