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Is this a souterrain?
Towards the end of the fortnight, this interesting feature emerged in Area 2. It appears to be a large, stone-lined pit with a paved floor. We have also found a concentration of hefty rim sherds, mostly Huntcliffe-ware, in this part of the site.
A souterrain is an underground structure associated with Northern Europe in the Iron Age. Regionally also known as an Earth House or Fogou, there are souterrains open to the public, on Skye and Orkney for example. From experience it's best to take a torch!
While no-one knows for sure what they were used for, the most likely answer is for food storage. So this might have been a larder where pots of food, probably dairy products, were stored.
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News Record: 97     Updated: 24-07-2019 09:49:43