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.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0003-598X (print)
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Keywords: england, stonehenge, neolithic, cursus, excavation, radiocarbon dating
Organisations: Archaeology
ePrint ID: 344652
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Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2012 14:43
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 16:26
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