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Ancestral Geographies of the Neolithic is a vivid portrait of life in the small, dispersed communities of Neolithic Britain. Focusing on the landscape and monuments of the fourth millennium B.C., Mark Edmonds provides a dramatic interpretation of how these

prehistoric peoples understood the world in which they lived. Central to this study is the idea that communities of the time thought about the land, and about themselves, in ways different from those we take for granted today. Kinship, ancestry, the presence of the dead, and various

forms of affiliation were significant elements of their world view. These themes were brought into sharpest focus during gatherings at the monumental enclosures and tombs that appear in our record for the first time, where communities engaged in ancestral rights and acknowledged their

ties to the land, to the past and to each other.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415204323
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/14/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Edmonds is Senior Lecturer in landscape archaeology at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of Stone Tools and Society.
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
1 Settings and scenes 1
2 Origins 11
3 Ancestral geographies 15
4 Keeping to the path 32
5 Working stone 36
6 A gift from the ancestors 51
7 The living and the dead 56
8 Attending to the dead 75
9 A time and a place for enclosure 80
10 Drawing the line 106
11 Arenas of value 110
12 The pattern of things 130
13 Changes in the land 134
14 Post excavation 152
Postscript 155
Bibliography 163
Index 169
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