Indeed, although I would be inclined to think that maybe timber would have been used for animal enclosures initially. I'll keep to my dog for keeping the animals in check whilst taking them to the river and back and save the effort of building a curcus!
Think it would depend on what was available locally Mr S. Cutting down a tree with a stone axe, lopping off the branches with same, hauling trunk back to base then standing it up knowing you’re going to have to do it all over again when the wood rots is not the easy option – not when you’ve got good big stone lying around – stone that can be hauled into place and will stay there for centuries – actually, as we see, for millennia.
But I take your point. In stone-strapped Essex for example wood, puddingstone and bits of flint are all that’s available – and that’s still what you see in churches here today. Wood is also all you see at the Chelmer Cursus
, with the henge at one end and a cursus, leading down to the river, at the other.
You know dogs a thousand times better than me but I’m not sure if our Neolithic canine friends would have been much good at herding livestock very far, nor very efficiently – given that if they (the livestock) took off they wouldn’t be confined by the sort of hedges or walls we have today – porky would be out there before you could say bacon for breakfast.
Well if livestock husbandary was part of everyday life then they would have been experts at dog training and handling I would have thought just like we are today. A well trained dog doesn't need fences or walls to keep stock in check whilst on the move that's why they are used. They would/could have driven stock for miles through any sort of terrain because you can't fence over huge distances so the trained dog would have been essential. As many remains of dogs have been found over the years as people so they were very much a part of everyday life but I wouldn't think as pets but working dogs. It's one of those things you can't prove either way of course but as a practical 'tool' essential to them it would seem logical. Why else would they need dogs, not as pets surely, unless they ate them!
Re the stones circles as livestock enclosures and stone v timber. An open stone circle would still need infill between the stones if it really was an enclosure and timber would be the obvious thing to use of course in various forms i.e woven fencing etc.
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