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Transactions of the Symposium on Photo Interpretation

Fig. 3.
of the twin palisade trenches were examined and cleared. The posts had
originally been placed in them at intervals of about half a metre, and the
trenches themselves had joined on a curve at either side of the entrances. The
excavation also showed that a single fence of the same kind lay at a distance of
some 10 metres outside the pair. This feature formed an additional defence, as
well as providing an enclosure in which beasts could be mustered or kept.
Inside the main enclosure, the rings and arcs and the small depressions were
found to represent the surface traces of the foundations of a class of circular
timber-framed houses to which the name ring-groove has been attached (fig. 2).
When cleared, the grooves were found to represent the shallow trenches into
which the timber or wattle walls and partitions of the houses had been set. The
roofs had been supported on posts standing in holes in the grooves or on the
floors of these.
Many other settlements of this and other plans were found after the discovery
of the Hayhope Knowe settlement. For example, all-timber houses of a closely-