Balbridie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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Rectangular timber hall of the early 4th millennium bc. The site lies on a terrace beside the River Dee and was excavated in 1977–81 by Ian Ralston and Nick Reynolds. The hall measured 24 m by 12 m, was orientated east–west, and had doorways in both short sides. The outer walls comprised posts set in a continuous bedding trench, while internal uprights supported a gabled roof and cross‐walls. Abundant carbonized plant remains included emmer wheat, naked barley, oats, flax, and crab apple. Broadly similar structures have since been found elsewhere in Scotland at Balfarg Riding School, Fife; Littleour, Perth and Kinross; Claish Farm, Stirling; Carsie Mains, Perth and Kinross; and Warren Farm, Aberdeenshire.


A. D. Fairweather and I. B. M. Ralston, 1993, The Neolithic timber hall at Balbridie, Grampian Region, Scotland. Antiquity, 67, 313–23.

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