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Myth, Memento, and Memory: Avebury (Wiltshire, England)

Myth, Memento, and Memory: Avebury (Wiltshire, England)
Myth, Memento, and Memory: Avebury (Wiltshire, England)
This book seeks to explore the influence that some prehistoric monuments have exerted in European social life throughout millennia and, by doing so, reveal how the material world may act as a node linking people through time, while providing resources to negotiate memories, identities, power and social relations. The essays collected in this book examine the life-histories of carefully chosen megalithic monuments, stelae and statue-menhirs, and rock art sites of various European and Mediterranean regions during the Iron Age, Roman and Medieval times. By focusing on the concrete interaction between people, monuments and places, these chapters offer an innovative outlook on a variety of debated issues. Prominent among these is the role of ancient remains in the crafting of identity and social memory, and their relationship with political ideology. Overall, this book adds to current theoretical debates on materiality, landscape and place-making, and contributes to overcome disciplinary boundaries between Prehistory and History, highlighting the long-term, genealogical nature of our engagement with the world
978-0-19-872460-5
99-118
Oxford University Press
Wheatley, David
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Díaz-Guardamino, Marta
García Sanjuán, Leonardo
Wheatley, David
Wheatley, David
58266ad0-4ea1-4b1b-a8c3-9fd902931828
Díaz-Guardamino, Marta
García Sanjuán, Leonardo
Wheatley, David

Wheatley, David (2015) Myth, Memento, and Memory: Avebury (Wiltshire, England). In, Díaz-Guardamino, Marta, García Sanjuán, Leonardo and Wheatley, David (eds.) The Lives of Prehistoric Monuments in Iron Age, Roman, and Medieval Europe. Oxfordshire, County of, GB. Oxford University Press, pp. 99-118.

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This book seeks to explore the influence that some prehistoric monuments have exerted in European social life throughout millennia and, by doing so, reveal how the material world may act as a node linking people through time, while providing resources to negotiate memories, identities, power and social relations. The essays collected in this book examine the life-histories of carefully chosen megalithic monuments, stelae and statue-menhirs, and rock art sites of various European and Mediterranean regions during the Iron Age, Roman and Medieval times. By focusing on the concrete interaction between people, monuments and places, these chapters offer an innovative outlook on a variety of debated issues. Prominent among these is the role of ancient remains in the crafting of identity and social memory, and their relationship with political ideology. Overall, this book adds to current theoretical debates on materiality, landscape and place-making, and contributes to overcome disciplinary boundaries between Prehistory and History, highlighting the long-term, genealogical nature of our engagement with the world

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Published date: 1 October 2015
Organisations: Archaeology

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Local EPrints ID: 380770
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/380770
ISBN: 978-0-19-872460-5
PURE UUID: d4ca94ff-91d6-4f3d-94ef-84ddc8d7c593

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Date deposited: 02 Oct 2015 07:44
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 20:33

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Author: David Wheatley
Editor: Marta Díaz-Guardamino
Editor: Leonardo García Sanjuán
Editor: David Wheatley

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