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Interpreting the Neolithic: the monuments of North Yorkshire

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jan Harding


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Recent interpretations of the British Neolithic either consider the shared beliefs of this period or the short-term engagement of individuals with their material surroundings. This paper argues that, while both approaches provide exciting agenda, they fail to address the marked regional differences which exist within the range of monuments, and indeed have actually shifted Neolithic studies away from a consideration of such variability. A comparison of the monuments from North Yorkshire with similar evidence elsewhere in lowland England illustrates the value of an approach which concentrates on long-term trends in the continuity or transformation of social structures. It is proposed that the absence of causewayed enclosures and the early development of single-grave burials demonstrate a distinct social trajectory which continued with the construction of the later henges. The monuments are therefore seen to reflect long-term continuities in the social history of North Yorkshire.

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Author(s): Harding J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Oxford Journal of Archaeology

Year: 1997

Volume: 16

Issue: 3

Pages: 279-295

ISSN (print): 0262-5253

ISSN (electronic): 1468-0092

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/1468-0092.00041


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