Houses of the Dead? [Paperback]

Alistair Barclay (Editor); David Field (Editor); Jim Leary (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781789254105 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: Neolithic Studies Group | Volume: 17 | Year of Publication: 2020 | Language: English 216p, H240 x W170 (mm)

Houses of the Dead?


The chronological disjuncture, LBK longhouses have widely been considered to provide ancestral influence for both rectangular and trapezoidal long barrows and cairns, but with the discovery and excavation of more houses in recent times is it possible to observe evidence of more contemporary inspiration. What do the features found beneath long mounds tell us about this and to what extent do they represent domestic structures. Indeed, how can we distinguish between domestic houses or halls and those that may have been constructed for ritual purposes or ended up beneath mounds? Do so called 'mortuary enclosures' reflect ritual or domestic architecture and did side ditches always provide material for a mound or for building construction? This collection of papers seeks to explore the interface between structures often considered to be those of the living with those for the dead.

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements
List of contributors
1 Introduction: so what are long barrows anyway?
2 Hypogea and the clubhouse: Neolithic Malta's houses of the living and houses for the
3 Dealing with geometry: Neolithic houses plans and the earliest monuments
4 The long and short of it: memory and practice in the Early Neolithic of Britain and
5 Houses of the living, houses of the dead - a view from the Polish lowlands
6 The dead and the Linearbandkeramik longhouse
7 Measuring up – longhouses, enclosures, mounds.
8 Houses Foundational: Gathering Histories at Dorstone Hill, Herefordshire.
9 New work on long barrows in Lincolnshire
10 A Dialogue with the Dead? The relationship between an Early Neolithic rectangular
timber building and a chambered tomb on Holy Island, Anglesey, Northwest Wales
11 House of the living, house of the dead: an open and shut case from Ballyglass, Co.
12 Shaky foundations: romantic nationalism and the development of the ‘Irish model’
of Neolithic settlement
13 Kinnes revisited: Early Neolithic domestic and funerary structures in Scotland
14 Sequencing and a new interpretation at Worbarrow
15 Long barrows or houses: where we are

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