Beyond Newark: prehistoric ceremonial centres and their cosmologies.

Darvill, T., 2016. Beyond Newark: prehistoric ceremonial centres and their cosmologies. In: Jones, L. and Shiels, R., eds. The Newark Earthworks. Enduring monuments, contested meanings. Charlottesville, USA: University of Virginia Press, 129 - 150.

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In many parts of the world massive ceremonial centres appear at key stages in societal development, especially with the emergence of stable agricultural communities and the appearance of hierarchical or chiefdom societies. All differ in their detail, but they also share many characteristics. These include fixing key astronomical events in the structure of the monuments (solar and/or lunar); seasonal gatherings; associations with water; representations of ancestors or ancestral deities; burials; links to well-being and fecundity; and the use of a circle enclosing a square as a fundamental symbolic scheme. Drawing on examples in Britain, central Europe, and China, comparisons and contrasts will be made, and the overarching cosmologies and belief systems examined.

Item Type:Book Section
Series Name:Studies in Religion and Culture
Series Name:Studies in Religion and Culture
Uncontrolled Keywords:Ceremonial centre ; Neolithic ; Newark, Ohio ; Stonehenge, Wiltshire ; Sacred geography ; Avebury, Wiltshire ; Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China ; Tian Tan, Beijing, China ; Luxor, Egypt ; Tynwald Hill, Isle of Man
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:23793
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Deposited On:14 Jul 2016 15:29
Last Modified:19 Oct 2016 13:57


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