Room for ideas: Tracing non-domestic roundhouses

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Iron Age studies in Britain operate in a world populated by roundhouses. Post-ring evidence is generally interpreted in domestic contexts. However, research on later prehistoric roundhouses in northeast Scotland has identified a small but significant number of round structures in unusual locations, with unusual architectural details and a distinct lack of domestic material. Some of these relate to Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age stone circles, for which Richard Bradley’s work in the wider region has highlighted progressive biographies of construction and reuse. This paper, rooted in architectural design theory, selects a particular case study, the multiple timber post-rings at Candle Stane, Aberdeenshire, to highlight the complexities in interpreting these interesting yet enigmatic buildings. The architectural approach develops alternative reconstructions that lead to new perspectives on later prehistoric architecture as event-based and concerned with process. These processes only gradually lead to an architectural end product, which displays distinctly non-domestic connotations. The research not only highlights the usefulness of data derived from rescue work for academic study, but the advocated approach of reconstructing in alternatives also lends itself for developing innovative approaches in Higher Education to teach visual competence.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Pages (from-to)17-42
Number of pages26
JournalAntiquaries Journal
Early online date4 Oct 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Oct 2018


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