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ARO28: What pits and postholes can tell us: recent finds from Balvenie and Newton Mearns

By Warren Bailie and Maureen Kilpatrick

with contributions by Beverley Ballin Smith, Susan Ramsay and Bob Will

The rare finds of small groups of pits and postholes from Balvenie Distillery at Dufftown, Moray and an isolated pit from Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, indicate the presence of prehistoric peoples in the landscape where no other nearby settlement remains have been located or survive. The radiocarbon dates from these features indicate the use of hillier inland landscapes during the Bronze and Iron Ages, and add important data to our knowledge of these seemingly less populated areas.

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