Registered: April 2007 Location: The south of Scotland Posts: 252
Around 10,000 years ago, Scotland's indigenous population inhabited great defensive hilltop forts - huge earthworks surrounded by deep ditches, in turn surrounded by native forest. However as the centuries went by and the millennia passed the need to defend grew less and smaller farming settlements began to be built further down the slopes. The forest was cleared and smaller earthworks were dug, enclosing small groups of huts. This was the Iron Age! I think personally that the pictured huts are a little fanciful, but they would have been fairly similar, probably built with low circular stone walls and timber framed roofs covered in turf and heather.
It is quite astounding that all this time later you can still see the outlines of these forts and settlements quite clearly! Morag and I went back up to the Meldon Hills to see the heather and take a look at this particular earthwork. In the photo she is standing on one side of the surrounding wall looking across to the heather covered wall on the opposite side, and is about to walk down into the settlement enclosure. It is fairly large and would have had quite a big population.
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