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The origins of Avebury

The origins of Avebury
The origins of Avebury
The Avebury henge is one of the famous megalithic monuments of the European Neolithic, yet much remains unknown about the detail and chronology of its construction. Here, the results of a new geophysical survey and re-examination of earlier excavation records illuminate the earliest beginnings of the monument. The authors suggest that Avebury's Southern Inner Circle was constructed to memorialise and monumentalise the site of a much earlier ‘foundational’ house. The significance here resides in the way that traces of habitation may take on special social and historical value, leading to their marking and commemoration through major acts of monument building.
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359-377
Gillings, Mark
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Pollard, Joshua
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Strutt, Kristian
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Gillings, Mark
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Pollard, Joshua
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Gillings, Mark, Pollard, Joshua and Strutt, Kristian (2019) The origins of Avebury. Antiquity, 93 (368), 359-377. (doi:10.15184/aqy.2019.37).

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The Avebury henge is one of the famous megalithic monuments of the European Neolithic, yet much remains unknown about the detail and chronology of its construction. Here, the results of a new geophysical survey and re-examination of earlier excavation records illuminate the earliest beginnings of the monument. The authors suggest that Avebury's Southern Inner Circle was constructed to memorialise and monumentalise the site of a much earlier ‘foundational’ house. The significance here resides in the way that traces of habitation may take on special social and historical value, leading to their marking and commemoration through major acts of monument building.

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Accepted/In Press date: 26 September 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 10 April 2019
Published date: April 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 428086
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/428086
ISSN: 0003-598X
PURE UUID: 797f1705-1171-4de3-aab2-3395f730e1d7
ORCID for Joshua Pollard: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8429-2009

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Date deposited: 08 Feb 2019 17:30
Last modified: 25 Jul 2019 00:32

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Author: Mark Gillings
Author: Joshua Pollard ORCID iD
Author: Kristian Strutt

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