The Mote of Mark: A Dark Age Hillfort in South-West Scotland [eBook (PDF)]

Lloyd Laing(Author); David Longley(Author)

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ISBN: 9781789258844 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: Oxbow Monographs | Year of Publication: 2006 | Language: English 190p, 8p of col pls, many b/w figs

The Mote of Mark



The Mote of Mark is a low boss of granite rising from forty-five metres above the eastern shore of Rough Firth, where the Urr Water enters the Solway, between the villages of Kippford and Rockcliffe. The summit comprises a central hollow between two raised areas of rock and was formerly defended by a stone and timber rampart enclosing one third of an acre. The Mote of Mark appears to have first attracted the attention of antiquaries in the late eighteenth century, and first assumed national importance with Alexander Curle's major work in 1913. After the interruption of the First World War, the site was left largely alone until it was re-excavated in the 1970s. These excavations, in 1973 and '79 were designed to answer three specific questions: How many phases of activity are represented in the structural history of the defences? How many phases of activity are represented by the evidence for Early Medieval metalworking and occupation? And, how does the evidence of occupation within the defences relate to the structural history of the defences? This book presents the results of the excavations and their interpretation within the framework of these questions.

Table of Contents

The stratigraphic evidence of the 1973 and 1979 excavation
Metalworking evidence
The evidence of the artefacts
Animal bones (Jennifer Bourdillon)
The objects cast in the clay moulds
Discussion and synthesis
Colour plates

Reviews & Quotes

"[a] wealth of stunning finds'"
Andrew Reynolds
British Archaeology (2006)

"provides a valuable insight into the development of both ornamental metalworking and the potential for trade networking in southwest Scotland at the time of the Anglian advance. Anyone interested in researching this challenging and little-understood area would do well to read it.'"
Christopher Morley
Archaeological Review from Cambridge (2008)

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