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Megalithic tombs, barrows and enclosures in fourth millennium BC Britain.

Darvill, T., 2016. Megalithic tombs, barrows and enclosures in fourth millennium BC Britain. In: Ard, V. and Pillot, L., eds. Giants in the landscape: monumentality and territories in the European Neolithic. Proceedings of the XVII UISPP World Congress (1-7 September, Burgos, Spain) Volume 3 / Session A25d. Oxford: Archaeopress, 3 - 18.

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The date and distribution across Britain of megalithic monuments and related structures dating to the fourth millennium BC is briefly outlined, together with on overview of contemporary enclosures. Studies of the distribution of human body parts show that in southern Britain during the period c.3800–3300 BC long barrows and oval barrows were built and used by the same communities that also created causewayed enclosures. The situation in western and northern Britain is less clear as few enclosures are known and preservation conditions militate against the survival of human remains. A simple model involving local and regional articulations between enclosures and burial monuments is briefly outlined.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:causewayed enclosures; megalithic monuments; Neolithic; oval barrows; dolmens
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:23386
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:12 Apr 2016 13:25
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:55


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