Marking Place: New Perspectives on Early Neolithic Enclosures [Paperback]

Jonathan Last (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781789257090 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: Neolithic Studies Group | Volume: 18 | Publication: October 2021 | Language: English 224p, H240 x W170 (mm) B/w
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Marking Place

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Latest in the Neolithic Studies Group Seminar Papers series arising from the NSG conference of November 2019. This collection showcases and explores the wide range of current work on causewayed enclosures and related sites, and assesses what we still want to know about these sites in light of the monumental achievement of the seminal publication Gathering Time (2011). Papers comprise reports on recent development-led fieldwork, academic research and community projects, and the volume concludes with a reflection by the authors of Gathering Time.

Much archaeological work is concerned with identifying gaps in our knowledge and developing strategies for addressing them; we perhaps spend less time thinking about how research should proceed when we already know, relatively speaking, quite a lot. The programme of dating causewayed enclosures in southern Britain that was published in 2011 as Gathering Time (Oxbow Books) gave us a new, more precise chronology for many individual sites as well as for enclosures as a whole, and as a consequence a far better sense of their significance and place in the story of the British Early Neolithic. Arguably causewayed enclosures are now the best understood type of Neolithic monument. Yet work continues, and in the last few years new discoveries have been made, older excavations published and further work undertaken on well-known sites. Viewing this research within the new framework for these monuments allows us to assess where our understanding of enclosures has got to and where the focus of future research should lie.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: researching the well-known - Jonathan Last
2 Recent Work at Robinhood’s Ball, Wiltshire - Olaf Bayer, David Griffiths, Anthony Johnson & William Wintle
3 Still Searching: was there a causewayed enclosure tradition in Scotland? -  Kenneth Brophy & Tessa Poller
4 A Demographic Perspective on Burial Practice at Early Neolithic Enclosures in South-East England - Dawn Cansfield
5 The Freston Causewayed Enclosure, Suffolk: the first research excavation and the site in its East Anglian context - Tristan Carter, Nat Jackson, Rose Moir, Dana Challinor & Charlotte Diffey
6 Neolithic Tor Enclosures in South-West England - Simon Davies
7 ‘Gathering Space’ - Dave Durkin
8 Talking tough? The making of close-set multivallate causewayed enclosures – Paul Garwood
9 The Causewayed Enclosure at Hembury Hillfort, East Devon - Frances Griffith & Eileen Wilkes
10 Butts Brow: Coombe Hill’s Counterpart? Initial excavations at an early Neolithic enclosure monument in Eastbourne - Stephen Patton
11 ‘On the Surface’ - Josh Pollard
12 The Discovery and Excavation of a Causewayed Enclosure at Riding Court Farm, Datchet - John Powell
13 Structural and Sequential Complexity in Causewayed Enclosures: implications from Dorstone Hill - Keith Ray & Julian Thomas
14 Gathering Time for Harlow - Robin Webb
15 Made ‘In’ Hembury - Angie Wickenden
16 Gathering Thoughts: another decade of causewayed enclosures - Alasdair Whittle, Frances Healy & Alex Bayliss

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