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A series of Stone Age palisade enclosures have been discovered in Denmark in recent years and archaeologists are still wondering what they were used for. Read more at archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com...
What was the space used for? One of the most remarkable things about the fencing at Stevns is the way the entrances have been constructed. The fence is in fact built in five rows that extend outwards, and the opening in each row appears to be offset from the others.
Sloth suspects the uneven design was deliberate.
“The openings don’t seem to sit next to each of the post rows, and we're slightly amazed by that. But maybe it functioned as a sort of labyrinth--at least that’s how we imagine it. That way you weren’t able to look inside the common space, which may have been an advantage,” she says.
But what was going on inside the enclosure that was so secret?
Archaeologists have not yet found any structures or construction in the area that could point them towards any possible purpose for the enclosure.
Sloth is still waiting for precise dates on the Stevns site, but some of the scraps of broken pottery found on site suggest that it could date to the latter part of the Middle Neolithic Funnel Beaker Culture from 2900 BCE to 2800 BCE. The Bornholm sites are even older. “We’ve unfortunately not found any circular shaped constructions like they have on Bornholm, but the similarities between the enclosures makes me think about rituals in our finds too,” she says. With no further funding to excavate the rest of the site, it is difficult to know whether for example there ever was a sun temple on the site. Read more at archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com...