A View from the West: The Neolithic of the Irish Sea Zone

A View from the West: The Neolithic of the Irish Sea Zone

by Vicki Cummings
     
 

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At the heart of this study are the early Neolithic chambered tombs of the Irish Sea zone, defined as west Wales, the west coast of northern Britain, coastal south and western Scotland, the western isles and the Isle of Man, and the eastern coast of Ireland. In order to understand these monuments, there must be a broader consideration of their landscape settings. The… See more details below

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At the heart of this study are the early Neolithic chambered tombs of the Irish Sea zone, defined as west Wales, the west coast of northern Britain, coastal south and western Scotland, the western isles and the Isle of Man, and the eastern coast of Ireland. In order to understand these monuments, there must be a broader consideration of their landscape settings. The landscape setting of the chambered tombs is considered in detail, both overall and through a number of specific case studies, incorporating a much wider area than has been previously considered. Cummings investigates the background against which the Neolithic began in the Irish Sea zone and what led to the adoption of Neolithic practices, such as the construction of monuments. Following on from this, she considers what the chambered tombs and landscape can add to our understanding of the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition. This volume aims to incorporate landscape analysis into a broader understanding of the Neolithic sequence in this area and beyond. It will provide an introduction to the Mesolithic and Neolithic of the Irish Sea zone, as well as a summary of previous work on this subject. It also offers a starting point for future research and a better understanding of this area.

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Editorial Reviews

British Archaeology - Graeme Warren
There are many new and interesting ideas here, and the book will be widely debated.'
International Journal of Nautical Archaeology - Paula Martin
A View from the West is characterised by dedication to the subject, and a true appreciation of the importance of landscape and context to the assessment of archaeological monuments... Altogether an impressive and thought-provoking study.'
Archaeological Review from Cambridge - Robert D. Lenfert
A View from the West stands as a timely, working addition to Neolithic studies along the Irish Sea and beyond.'

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ISBN-13:
9781782973430
Publisher:
Oxbow Books
Publication date:
11/13/2009
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