Pollok Ring-work by Nigel's Best Pics

Today, I visited an intriguing historical site at Pollok Park which is the south side of Glasgow, Scotland.

The site is in woodland and known as the Pollok Ring-work which was last excavated in 2007. Key features here are:

  • Occupies the crest of an elongated hill ( or drumlin) with a prospect looking west over the valley of the White Cart ( a river).
  • Comprises a circular platform about 30m across and a 9m wide ditch.
  • Described as a defended settlement and consistent with similar occupations known as hillforts which are found all over Britain and date from the Iron Age to the early Middle Ages.
  • The site is named after its massive circular ditch which is believed to have been constructed  for defensive purposes.
  • The site is unusually well preserved.
  • There exists an impressive paved causeway passing through the ramparts.
  • Inside the ring are the remains of several buildings with stone foundations set around a cobbled courtyard.
  • The buildings were likely built of timber although whether such were round or rectangular has not been determined.
  • Based on dates of similar sites this Pollok site may date from c. 700 BC to 800 AD.
  • No pottery has been found, only basic objects made from stone.
  • The site may have been a fortified farmstead for a powerful person/family living in the Iron Age. The absence of pottery indicates the site was abandoned by the 12th century.

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