Within Balbithan wood in Aberdeenshire, lies a collection of at least 28 prehistoric hut-circles and numerous clearance cairns. Test pitting has also revealed evidence of Mesolithic activity. Balbithan wood is operated by the Forestry Commission and mainly consists of conifer plantation but it also contains remnant oaks and yews from when the area was more open. Dykes and farm buildings are associated with a 19th century plan and post-medieval rig and furrow is still visible.
The huts were built on marginal land at a time when due to slightly warmer temperatures it was possible to farm for longer and on poorer ground. As the climate worsened the houses were abandoned and gradually collapsed leaving tell-tale circular mounds 10-15 m in diameter. Avoided by subsequent farmers who built and farmed around them, the hut remains eventually became preserved within the forest itself.
The sixth and final season of the Balbithan Prehistoric Landscape will be from the 10th to 21st August 2015. Fun ongoing research and training excavation on the prehistoric landscape of Balbithan Wood, which includes Mesolithic camps, Neolithic cairns, and 30 Bronze Age roundhouses.
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