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Neolithic crannogs: rethinking settlement, monumentality and deposition in the Outer Hebrides and beyond

Neolithic crannogs: rethinking settlement, monumentality and deposition in the Outer Hebrides and beyond
Neolithic crannogs: rethinking settlement, monumentality and deposition in the Outer Hebrides and beyond
This paper outlines work on a group of newly-identified Neolithic crannogs in the Outer Hebrides. Methods employed included underwater/aerial photogrammetry, geophysics, diver surveys and terrestrial excavation. Our results demonstrate conclusively, for the first time, that artificial islets were a widespread feature of the Neolithic in this region; they appear to have been special purpose locations which saw significant deposition of material culture into the water. Our findings challenge current conceptualisations of Neolithic settlement, monumentality and depositional practice more widely. They also suggest the possibility that other ‘undated’ crannogs across Scotland and Ireland could potentially have Neolithic origins as well.
0003-598X
Garrow, Duncan
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Sturt, Fraser
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Garrow, Duncan
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Sturt, Fraser
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Garrow, Duncan and Sturt, Fraser (2018) Neolithic crannogs: rethinking settlement, monumentality and deposition in the Outer Hebrides and beyond. Antiquity. (In Press)

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This paper outlines work on a group of newly-identified Neolithic crannogs in the Outer Hebrides. Methods employed included underwater/aerial photogrammetry, geophysics, diver surveys and terrestrial excavation. Our results demonstrate conclusively, for the first time, that artificial islets were a widespread feature of the Neolithic in this region; they appear to have been special purpose locations which saw significant deposition of material culture into the water. Our findings challenge current conceptualisations of Neolithic settlement, monumentality and depositional practice more widely. They also suggest the possibility that other ‘undated’ crannogs across Scotland and Ireland could potentially have Neolithic origins as well.

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Accepted/In Press date: 9 November 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 426174
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/426174
ISSN: 0003-598X
PURE UUID: d47e1d7c-9968-43d3-a467-20a06140ff3d

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Date deposited: 16 Nov 2018 17:30
Last modified: 13 Mar 2019 17:49

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