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PIT ALIGNMENT

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A single line, or pair of roughly parallel lines, of pits set at intervals along a common axis or series of axes. The pits are not thought to have held posts.

Related Terms

Term Note
AVENUE A site consisting of parallel banks, ditches, stones, post alignments or trees, which delineates the approach to another site or monument.
BOUNDARY The limit to an area as defined on a map or by a marker of some form e.g. BOUNDARY WALL. Use specific term where known.
CURSUS A rectangular enclosure of Neolithic date, presumed to be of ceremonial function.
FIELD SYSTEM An area of land, often enclosed, used for cultivation or the grazing of livestock. Includes both single enclosures and more complex groups of fields.
PIT A hole or cavity in the ground, either natural or the result of excavation. Use more specific type where known.
PIT DEFINED AVENUE An avenue defined by two or more parallel rows of pits.
PIT DEFINED CURSUS A long, rectangular enclosure defined by pits or post-holes, often with one or more internal divisions. Presumed to be ritual in function and of Neolithic date.

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