Landscape of the Megaliths: excavation and fieldwork on the Avebury monuments, 1997-2003


Gillings, Mark, Pollard, Joshua, Wheatley, David and Peterson, Rick (2008) Landscape of the Megaliths: excavation and fieldwork on the Avebury monuments, 1997-2003. Oxford, GB, Oxbow Books, 416pp.

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This volume describes the results of the Longstones Project, a joint-universities programme of excavation and survey designed to develop a fuller understanding of the context and dynamics of monument construction in the later Neolithic (3rd millennium BC) of the Avebury region, Wiltshire. Several elements of this internationally important prehistoric monument complex were investigated: an early-mid 3rd millennium BC enclosure at Beckhampton; the recently re-discovered Beckhampton Avenue and Longstones Cove; a section of the West Kennet Avenue; the Falkner's stone circle; and the Cove within Avebury's Northern Inner Circle. The research sheds new light on the complexities and development of this monument rich area and consideration is given to the questions of how and why ceremonial centres such as that at Avebury came into being in the 3rd millennium BC. The importance of understanding the agency - the affective and perceived inherent qualities - of materials and landscapes is stressed; and the unusual character of the Wessex monument complexes is highlighted by comparison with the format and sequences of other ceremonial centres in southern Britain. The second part of the monograph tracks the later, post-prehistoric, lives of Avebury's megalithic monuments including a detailed account of the early 18th-century records of the Beckhampton Avenue made by the antiquary William Stukeley

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
ISBNs: 9781842179710 (paperback)
1842179713 (paperback)
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Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Archaeology
ePrint ID: 184717
Date Deposited: 09 May 2011 10:40
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2014 10:59
Research Funder: AHRC
Projects:
Spatial analysis and environmental reconstruction of the Avebury landscape
Funded by: AHRC (112851/1)
Led by: David Wheatley
7 February 2006 to 6 May 2006
Publisher: Oxbow Books
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/184717

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