clothes-line enclosure

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A class of early and middle Iron Age settlement found in many parts of the British Isles which comprises a small rectangular or sub‐rectangular space bounded by an earthwork (usually a bank and ditch), one side of which is formed by an existing linear boundary. In this way the enclosure appears to hang from the linear boundary—hence the name. In some cases a series of three or four such enclosures may hang from the linear boundary over a distance of 1–2 km.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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