Medieval Hall Revealed to be Neolithic Ritual Chamber

Archaeologists excavating what they thought was a medieval hall were surprised to discover a neolithic building instead. Archaeologists working at a dig at Scotland's Crathes Castle Estate were surprised recently to discover the remains of a 5,000-year-old building in place of the medieval timber hall they thought they had found. The large neolithic building is thought to have been used as a ritual site.

"What we discovered is highly significant and has taken everyone by surprise. This site is of huge importance, and we will now have to really rethink our use of the landscape by the farmers and what they were doing in the early Neolithic period," said Charlie Murray, co-director of the excavation.

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