Megaliths from Antiquity: Antiquity Papers 3

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The third volume of Antiquity Papers explores the ever intriguing theme of British and European megaliths. Thirty-six papers examine four principal themes in megalithic studies. Concerning the earliest monuments, the great tombs and dolmens, papers range from Daniel's early studies of British dolmens to more recent debates. The perennial interest in Stonehenge and Avebury has figured prominently in Antiquity and is brought fully up to date. The presence of timber and earth circles as precursors or alternatives to...

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Overview

The third volume of Antiquity Papers explores the ever intriguing theme of British and European megaliths. Thirty-six papers examine four principal themes in megalithic studies. Concerning the earliest monuments, the great tombs and dolmens, papers range from Daniel's early studies of British dolmens to more recent debates. The perennial interest in Stonehenge and Avebury has figured prominently in Antiquity and is brought fully up to date. The presence of timber and earth circles as precursors or alternatives to megalithic structures show further variety in ancient monument building. The final section, Beyond the Megaliths, demonstrates the abiding interest in interpretations of function and meaning in the ancient stones, through studies of ancient engineering, archaeoastronomy and sensory archaeology. These reprinted classic papers draw on the 75-year tradition of the journal Antiquity .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780953976225
  • Publisher: Antiquity Publications
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Series: Antiquity Papers Series
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Darvill is Professor of Archaeology at Bournemouth University. He is the author of several books, including Prehistoric Britain from the Air (Cambridge UP 1996), and has recently edited England: An Archaeological Guide (Oxford UP 2002) and Neolithic Enclosures in Atlantic Northwest Europe (Oxbow Books 2001). Caroline Malone is Keeper of the Department of Prehistory and Early Europe, The British Museum, London. She is the author of Neolithic Britain and Ireland (Tempus 2001), and editor of the journal Antiquity from 1997 until 2002.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Chamber tombs, long barrows and funerary structures
Editorial introduction 3
The megalithic tombs of northern Europe 9
The long barrow in Brittany 19
The 'dolmens' of southern Britain 33
The tholos tomb in Iberia 47
The chambered barrow of Barnenez in Finistere 55
Colonialism and megalithismus 61
Mortuary houses and funeral rites in Denmark 77
The megalithic tomb at La Chaussee-Tirancourt 87
Les Fouaillages and megalithic origins 93
Clyde, Carlingford and Connaught Cairns - a review 103
A pattern of evolution for the Neolithic funerary structures of the west of France 109
Megalithic and other art: Centre and West 125
Knowth before Knowth 137
Megalithic transport and territorial markers: evidence from the Channel Islands 149
Some megalithic follies 153
2 Stonehenge and Avebury: past, present and future
Editorial introduction 159
Stukeley, Avebury and the Druids 167
Stonehenge: a review 177
Stonehenge: creating a definitive account 183
The myth of long-distance megalithic transport 191
Stonehenge for the ancestors: the stones pass on the message 203
What future for Stonehenge? 225
The Stonehenge we deserve 237
3 Circles and rings; posts and stones
Editorial introduction 249
The excavations at Cairnpapple Hill, West Lothian 1947-8 253
Durrington Walls: a ceremonial enclosure of the 2nd millennium B.C. 263
The timber circle at Sarn-y-bryn caled, Welshpool, Powys: ritual and sacrifice in Bronze Age mid-Wales 275
A Neolithic ceremonial timber complex at Ballynahatty, Co. Down 285
New evidence of ritual monuments at Long Meg and her Daughters, Cumbria 293
A late Neolithic complex at West Kennet, Wiltshire, England 299
Past records, new views: Carnac 1830-2000 307
4 Beyond the megaliths
Editorial introduction 313
Neolithic engineering 317
Megaliths and mathematics 325
Megalithic lunar observatories: an astronomer's view 333
Cosmology, calendars and society in Neolithic Orkney: a rejoinder to Euan MacKie 339
Three-dimensional aspects of apparent relationships between selected natural and artificial features within the topography of the Avebury complex 355
Acoustical resonances of selected archaeological sites 361
Architecture and sound: an acoustic analysis of megalithic monuments in prehistoric Britain 363
Palaeoecology and the perception of prehistoric landscapes: some comments on visual approaches to phenomenology 377
References 381
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