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The date of the Greater Stonehenge Cursus

Thomas, Julian, Marshall, Peter, Parker Pearson, Mike, Pollard, Joshua, Richards, Colin, Tilley, Chris and Welham, Kate (2009) The date of the Greater Stonehenge Cursus Antiquity, 83, (319), pp. 40-53.

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The Greater Cursus – 3km long and just north of Stonehenge – had been dated by a red deer antler found in its ditch in the 1940s to 2890-2460 BC. New excavations by the authors found another antler in a much tighter context, and dating a millennium earlier. It appears that the colossal cursus had already marked out the landscape before Stonehenge was erected. At that time or soon after, its lines were re-emphasised, perhaps with a row of posts in pits. So grows the subtlety of the discourse of monuments in this world heritage site.

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Published date: 2009
Keywords: england, stonehenge, neolithic, cursus, excavation, radiocarbon dating
Organisations: Archaeology


Local EPrints ID: 344652
ISSN: 0003-598X
PURE UUID: 15ffac24-f8a1-4688-b70f-dea3d6742e29

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Date deposited: 30 Oct 2012 14:43
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:15

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Author: Julian Thomas
Author: Peter Marshall
Author: Mike Parker Pearson
Author: Joshua Pollard
Author: Colin Richards
Author: Chris Tilley
Author: Kate Welham

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