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Change and diversity in Neolithic mortuary practices on the Isle of Man

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Chris Fowler, Dr Michelle Gamble



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While the Early Neolithic chambered tombs of the Isle of Man are well known and the Late Neolithic has been clearly defined with reference to a distinctive suite of artefacts, little is known about the Middle Neolithic. This article reports on 17 new Neolithic radiocarbon dates from cremated human remains from the Isle of Man. These identify five burials in cists as Middle Neolithic and indicate new sequences of activity at cemeteries starting in the Middle Neolithic. Each of these sites is examined in detail. The dates also spur a reconsideration of the development of Ronaldsway pottery and the integration of Grooved Ware pottery and motifs into early third millennium practice on the island. The article ends with a consideration of the changing effects of mortuary practices throughout the Neolithic on the Isle of Man and a discussion of connections with Middle and Late Neolithic activity in Ireland and Britain.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Fowler C, Crellin C, Gamble M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society

Year: 2021

Volume: 87

Pages: 83-107

Online publication date: 21/09/2021

Acceptance date: 04/06/2021

Date deposited: 17/11/2021

ISSN (print): 2050-2729

ISSN (electronic): 0079-497X

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/ppr.2021.12


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