Significance Of Monuments, The

Significance Of Monuments, The

by Richard Bradley
     
 

The Neolithic period, when agriculture began and many monuments - including Stonehenge - were constructed, is an era fraught with paradoxes and ambiguities. Starting in the Mesolithic and carrying his analysis through to the Late Bronze Age, Richard Bradley sheds light on this complex period and the changing consciousness of these prehistoric peoples.
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Overview

The Neolithic period, when agriculture began and many monuments - including Stonehenge - were constructed, is an era fraught with paradoxes and ambiguities. Starting in the Mesolithic and carrying his analysis through to the Late Bronze Age, Richard Bradley sheds light on this complex period and the changing consciousness of these prehistoric peoples.
The Significance of Monuments studies the importance of monuments tracing their history from their first creation over six thousand years later. Part One discusses how monuments first developed and their role in developing a new sense of time and space among the inhabitants of prehistoric Europe. Other features of the prehistoric landscape - such as mounds and enclosures - across Continental Europe are also examined. Part Two studies how such monuments were modified and reinterpreted to suit the changing needs of society through a series of detailed case studies.
The Significance of Monuments is an indispensable text for all students of European prehistory. It is also an enlightening read for professional archaeologists and all those interested in this fascinating period.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415152037
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/26/1998
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Preface
Pt. IFrom the house of the dead1
1Structures of sand: settlements, monuments and the nature of the Neolithic3
2Thinking the Neolithic: the Mesolithic world view and its transformation20
3The death of the house: the origins of long mounds and Neolithic enclosures36
4Another time: architecture, ancestry and the development of chambered tombs51
5Small worlds: causewayed enclosures and their transformations68
Pt. IIDescribing a circle83
6The persistence of memory: ritual, time and the history of ceremonial monuments85
7The public interest: ritual and ceremonial, from passage graves to henges101
8Theatre in the round: henge monuments, stone circles and their integration with the landscape116
9Closed circles: the changing character of monuments, from enclosures to cemeteries132
10An agricultural revolution: the domestication of ritual life during later prehistory147
References165
Index177

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