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The origins of Avebury.

Gillings, M., Pollard, J. and Strutt, K., 2019. The origins of Avebury. Antiquity, 93 (368), 359 - 377.

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DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2019.37

Abstract

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.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0003-598X
Uncontrolled Keywords:science & technology; social sciences; life sciences & biomedicine; anthropology; archaeology; Britain; Avebury; neolithic; megalithic; memory
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:33445
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:18 Feb 2020 16:02
Last Modified:19 Feb 2020 14:40

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