Stock enclosures

Stock enclosures are common relics of early pastoral farming. Larger than stells, and probably handling both sheep and cattle, they may be circular or rectangular with walls of earth and turf, and perhaps some stone as well. These walls may have had a fence on top, but only excavation could determine that and almost none have ever been so investigated. Such enclosures are usually near farms or settlements rather than out on the open hills but, as always, there are exceptions – especially along drove routes where stock may have been penned overnight.

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