Neolithic domesticity and other prehistoric anomalies: excavations at Laigh Newton, East Ayrshire

Author: Ronan Toolis

Contributors: Jo Bacon, Torben Bjarke Ballin, Beverley Ballin Smith, Martin Carruthers, Charlotte Francoz, Heather James, Kirsteen McLellan, Gillian McSwan, Susan Ramsay, Ingrid Shearer, Joe Somerville and Dave Swan

Summary: A series of archaeological evaluations and excavations at Laigh Newton in East Ayrshire (NGR: NS 5937 3684) revealed evidence for intermittent occupation of this valley terrace between the Mesolithic and the Late Iron Age. The plough-truncated archaeology included the remains of a rectangular building and associated features of the mid-late 4th millennium BC, a more ephemeral structure and related pits of the mid-3rd millennium BC, a charcoal-burning pit of the mid-1st millennium AD and two other rectilinear structures of indeterminate date.

Keywords: Rectangular Building, Pits, Rectilinear Structures, Pottery, Lithics, Plant Remains

Periods: Late Iron Age, prehistoric, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age

Location: East Ayrshire, Scotland, UK

Published: 01-01-2011