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Non-portable stone artefacts and contexts of meaning: the tale of Grey Wether (www.museums.ncl.ac.uk/Avebury/stone4.htm)

Non-portable stone artefacts and contexts of meaning: the tale of Grey Wether (www.museums.ncl.ac.uk/Avebury/stone4.htm)
Non-portable stone artefacts and contexts of meaning: the tale of Grey Wether (www.museums.ncl.ac.uk/Avebury/stone4.htm)
It is easy to appreciate that portable artefacts can carry lengthy biographies. Those biographies can encapsulate many meanings which will have varied from production, to use, to deposition, with significance changing according to time, place and ownership. However, the cultural biography of static objects, particularly if they are essentially natural rather than culturally modified, may seem more prescribed. It is our contention that this is often far from the case, as the social lives of the stones making up the megalithic settings at Avebury, Wiltshire, vividly demonstrate.
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Gillings, Mark
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Pollard, Joshua
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Gillings, Mark
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Pollard, Joshua
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Gillings, Mark and Pollard, Joshua (1999) Non-portable stone artefacts and contexts of meaning: the tale of Grey Wether (www.museums.ncl.ac.uk/Avebury/stone4.htm). [in special issue: The Cultural Biography of Objects ] World Archaeology, 31 (2), 179-193. (doi:10.1080/00438243.1999.9980440).

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It is easy to appreciate that portable artefacts can carry lengthy biographies. Those biographies can encapsulate many meanings which will have varied from production, to use, to deposition, with significance changing according to time, place and ownership. However, the cultural biography of static objects, particularly if they are essentially natural rather than culturally modified, may seem more prescribed. It is our contention that this is often far from the case, as the social lives of the stones making up the megalithic settings at Avebury, Wiltshire, vividly demonstrate.

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Published date: 1999
Organisations: Archaeology

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Local EPrints ID: 389673
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/389673
PURE UUID: c20d56a4-defa-411a-b716-0f995cb2bf9b
ORCID for Joshua Pollard: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8429-2009

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Date deposited: 11 Mar 2016 09:19
Last modified: 03 Dec 2019 01:40

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