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Betylmania? - Small Standing Stones and the Megaliths of South-West Britain.

Gillings, M., 2015. Betylmania? - Small Standing Stones and the Megaliths of South-West Britain. Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 34 (3), 207 - 233.

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DOI: 10.1111/ojoa.12056


This paper calls attention to a previously neglected element of thebroad repertoire of monumental megalithic structures that characterize thelater third and second millennia BC across the British Isles – extremely smallstanding stones. Despite their frequency and the complex arrangements andassociations they embody, these miniliths are rarely recorded in detail andfrequently marginalized to a generic background. As a result, they are largelyabsent from interpretative accounts. Drawing upon recent debates regardingmateriality and monument form, alongside the results of excavations explicitlytargeting tiny stone settings, the discussion argues that the phenomenon ofraising and fixing small uprights was not only widespread and persistent, butsheds important light upon the beliefs and ideas driving monumentconstruction during the later Neolithic and Bronze Ages

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Social Sciences ; Archaeology
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:33451
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:21 Feb 2020 16:47
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