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Ancestral Geographies of the Neolithic: Landscapes, by Mark Edmonds

By Mark Edmonds

Archaeological proof means that Neolithic websites had many alternative, often contradictory capabilities, and there could have been different makes use of for which no proof survives. How can archaeologists current an efficient interpetation, with the recognition that either their very own subjectivity, and the range of conflicting perspectives will ascertain their approach.
simply because those websites became a spotlight for therefore a lot controversy, the matter of proposing them to the general public assumes a severe significance. The authors don't search to supply a entire evaluation of the archaeology of these types of causewayed websites in Britain; relatively they use them as case experiences within the improvement of an archaeological interpetation.

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Access to the interior and to the secrets of this monument may have been restricted at certain times, and the right to move along its course may have defined people in terms of their authority. The details of this monument have dominated our attention, but here we can focus on an aspect of the landscape setting of both the cursus and the clusters of barrows. These sites mimic the general distribution of areas of clay-with-flints, sources from which communities gained workable stone. Some, such as Thickthorn Down long barrow, were even built over the mouths of old quarry pits.

This may have been of great importance where seasonal and even generational cycles carried people from one setting to another. For those who were present, the gathering together and burial of material drew attention to the practical ties that bound communities to specific locales. Some contained the detritus of daily life: food remains, and tools that had associations with specific people or tasks. There was the red-brown pottery that had been made by familiar hands, a vessel that was used to prepare and present food and to carry offerings.

Kin in a nearby valley might be a routine source of quartered nodules; others met on seasonal trails gave access to different stones and tools. Often these different mater ial conditions were eroded by per iodic movement, a pattern we can trace in southern Dorset. Here communities followed an annual cycle that wound between the lowlands and the rolling 40 Working stone chalk that we now call Cranborne Chase, an area long renowned for its high density of long barrows. Separating these two zones, and running for some eleven kilometres lies the Dorset Cursus, a massive monument of parallel banks which dips and rises across undulations in the chalk.

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