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The Sanctuary, Overton Hill, Wiltshire: a re-examination

The Sanctuary, Overton Hill, Wiltshire: a re-examination
The Sanctuary, Overton Hill, Wiltshire: a re-examination
This paper presents a re-assessment of the date and constructional sequence of the Sanctuary, a later Neolithic timber and stone setting on Overton Hill, near Avebury. Previous interpretations involving elaborate phasing and a protracted chronology for the site are rejected. Instead, it is argued that the site represents a single or double phase monument, constructed around 2500 cal BC and associated with pottery of the Grooved Ware tradition. The character of the pre-monument activity, construction and use of the site is examined. Patterns of formal deposition, involving pottery, lithics and human bone, are recognized, and considered in the context of the site's architecture and the structured organization of space, access and movement.
0079-497X
213-226
Pollard, Joshua
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Pollard, Joshua
5080faff-bc2c-4d27-b702-e40a5eb40761

Pollard, Joshua (1992) The Sanctuary, Overton Hill, Wiltshire: a re-examination. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 58, 213-226. (doi:10.1017/S0079497X00004163).

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This paper presents a re-assessment of the date and constructional sequence of the Sanctuary, a later Neolithic timber and stone setting on Overton Hill, near Avebury. Previous interpretations involving elaborate phasing and a protracted chronology for the site are rejected. Instead, it is argued that the site represents a single or double phase monument, constructed around 2500 cal BC and associated with pottery of the Grooved Ware tradition. The character of the pre-monument activity, construction and use of the site is examined. Patterns of formal deposition, involving pottery, lithics and human bone, are recognized, and considered in the context of the site's architecture and the structured organization of space, access and movement.

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Published date: January 1992
Organisations: Archaeology

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Local EPrints ID: 389668
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/389668
ISSN: 0079-497X
PURE UUID: 89b35ca9-2e28-4c9a-8bc4-eb866e668104

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Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 19:33

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Author: Joshua Pollard

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