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  1. banjo enclosure(Noun)

    a feature found on middle Iron Age sites in Great Britain that resembles a banjo in plan.

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  1. Banjo enclosure

    In archaeology, Banjo enclosure is the name given to a type of archaeological feature of the British middle Iron Age. They are so named because in plan they consist of a small round area with a long entrance track leading inwards from one direction. This gives them the appearance in plan of frying pans or banjos. The enclosure is defined by a low bank and ditch. The earthworks at the end of the track are sometimes turned outwards, creating a funnel effect. They used to be thought of as small farming settlements occupied between around 400 and 100 BC, however because of the lack of finds relating to settlements they are currently thought to be probably seasonal ritual centres where feasting occurred.


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