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The Neolithic -a period in which the first sedentary agrarian communities were established across much of Europe-has been a key topic of archaeological research for over a century. However, the variety of evidence across Europe, the range of languages in which research is carried out, and the way research traditions in different countries have developed makes it very difficult for both students and specialists to gain an overview of continent-wide trends. The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe provides the first comprehensive, geographically extensive, thematic overview of the European Neolithic -from Iberia to Russia and from Norway to Malta -offering both a general introduction and a clear exploration of key issues and current debates surrounding evidence and interpretation. Chapters written by leading experts in the field examine topics such as the movement of plants, animals, ideas, and people (including recent trends in the application of genetics and isotope analyses); cultural change (from the first appearance of farming to the first metal artefacts); domestic architecture; subsistence; material culture; monuments; and burial and other treatments of the dead. In doing so, the volume also considers the history of research and sets out agendas and themes for future work in the field.
All seven episodes of the 1970s comedy series starring John Inman as the owner of a fish and chip shop who embarks on a new business venture. Though Neville Sutcliffe (Inman) seems well suited to life as a Blackpool fast food vendor, when he inherits his father's factory in Sussex he is unable to resist the chance to move into the confectionary business. However, with his battle-hardened stepsister Dorothy (Josephine Tewson) the inheritor of the other half of the factory, it seems unlikely that the venture will be plain sailing. The episodes are: 'A Chip Off the Old Block', 'Money, Money, Money', 'Sink Or Swim', 'Shall We Dance?', 'Who's a Pretty Baby?', 'Clunk Click' and 'Ooh La La'.
This DVD contains the detailed monument and landscape analysis, environmental specialist reports, and finds reports catalogues (including tables of data and interpretations and finds drawings). This DVD of data accompanies A Neolithic and Bronze Age Landscape in Northamptonshire: The Raunds Area Project (English Heritage 2007).
The three large henges found adjacent to the village of Thornborough, near Ripon in North Yorkshire, lie at the heart of one of the most important Neolithic landscapes in the British Isles While the henges were first recorded in the eighteenth century, recent fieldwork has shown them to be part of a much larger sacred landscape of the later Neolithic and Bronze Age which includes barrows, pit alignments and a cursus. Surrounding fields have yielded a rich collection of prehistoric flint artefacts. While the henges have all been damaged, either by agriculture or quarrying, they remain major upstanding features in the modern landscape. This volume considers first the history of investigations and changing attitudes towards the monuments before describing the detailed geophysical surveys, excavations and fieldwalking programmes that have been carried out across this landscape in the past twenty years. The author concludes that this was an intensely religious landscape, situated on an important routeway across the Pennines. He considers how people, both those who lived locally and those who travelled long distances to visit the site as a place of pilgrimage, would have experienced and interacted with the monuments"
The Raunds Area Project investigated more than 20 Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in the Nene Valley. From c 5000 BC to the early 1st millennium cal BC a succession of ritual mounds and burial mounds were built as settlement along the valley sides increased and woodland was cleared. Starting as a regular stopping-place for flint knapping and domestic tasks, first the Long Mound, and then Long Barrow, the north part of the Turf Mound and the Avenue were built in the 5th millennium BC. With the addition of the Long Enclosure, the Causewayed Ring Ditch, and the Southern Enclosure, there was a chain of five or six diverse monuments stretched along the river bank by c 3000 cal BC. Later, a timber platform, the Riverside Structure, was built and the focus of ceremonial activity shifted to the Cotton `Henge', two concentric ditches on the occupied valley side. From c 2200 cal BC monument building accelerated and included the Segmented Ditch Circle and at least 20 round barrows, almost all containing burials, at first inhumations, then cremations down to c 1000 cal BC, by which time two overlapping systems of paddocks and droveways had been laid out. Finally, the terrace began to be settled when these had gone out of use, in the early 1st millennium cal BC.
The later Neolithic henges are a distinctive yet enigmatic class of monument. Taken as indicative of the emerging social complexity of the third millennium BC, they are often seen as the culmination of cultural achievement during this period. Yet little is actually known about these monuments -- their origins, the meanings behind their distinctive layout, the activities undertaken within their perimeters, or indeed their significance to later Neolithic society. Drawing on the full range of data available across the British Isles and on anthropological parallels, the author addresses these questions in a book that will be of interest to anyone wishing to understand Neolithic society.
A review of the most recent evidence from cursuses, and ideas on their interpretation, with contributions as follows: Introduction (J Harding and A Barclay) , the radiocarbon problem (A Barclay and A Bayliss) , symbolic territories (J Harding) , processions, memories and the Dorset cursus (R Johnston) , Dorchester on Thames - ritual complex or ritual landscape (R Loveday) , cattle, cursus monuments and the river ... the Upper Thames (A Barclay and G Hey) , the Cambridgeshire Ouse (T Malim) , Eastern England (J Last) , the Cleaven Dyke (A Barclay and G Maxwell) , the Holywood cursus, Dumfries (J Thomas et al) , cursus monuments in Scotland (K Brophy) , cursus monuments in Wales (A Gibson) , cursus-like monuments in Ireland (C Newman) , Passy-Rots and linear monuments in northern France (I Kinnes) .
These fourteen papers are taken from a conference held in Newcastle in 1998, focusing on the state of research in the prehistory of Northern England and Southern Scotland. Contents: Patterns in later Prehistory (Jan Harding); Towards a new prehistory for central Britain (Paul Frodsham); The Neolithic that never happened? (Clive Waddington); Wety Drybridge (Kenneth Brophy); Prehistoric cairnfields in Northumberland (Robert Johnston); Later prehistoric settlement in the northern uplands (Robert Young); Iron Age landscape in lowland East Yorkshire (Peter Halkon & Martin Millett); Recent research in the central Tweed Valley (Alicia Wise); Later Neolithic and Early Bronze Age in North-east England (Blaise Vyner); Neolithic and Bronze Age in the lowlands of North West England (Ron Cowell); Prehistoric settlement in northern Cumbria (Mike McCarthy); Iron Age in the southern Pennines (Bill Bevan); Later prehistoric settlement in west central Scotland (Derek Alexander); Site morphology and regional variation in south-west Scotland
The Neolithic - a period in which the first sedentary agrarian communities were established across much of Europe - has been a key topic of archaeological research for over a century. However, the variety of evidence across Europe and the way research traditions in different countries (and languages) have developed makes it very difficult for both students and specialists to gain an overview of continent-wide trends. The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe provides the first comprehensive, geographically extensive, thematic overview of the European Neolithic - from Iberia to Russia and from Norway to Malta - offering both a general introduction and a clear exploration of key issues and current debates surrounding evidence and interpretation. Chapters written by leading experts in the field examine topics such as the movement of plants, animals, ideas, and people (including recent trends in the application of genetics and isotope analyses); cultural change (from the first farming to the first metal artefacts); domestic architecture; subsistence; material culture; monuments; and burial and other treatments of the dead. In doing so, the volume also considers the history of research and sets out agendas and themes for future work in the field.
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