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Ronald Hutton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300197716

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300197716.001.0001

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The Palaeolithic and Mesolithic

The Palaeolithic and Mesolithic

How Ritual Came to Britain

(p.1) 1 The Palaeolithic and Mesolithic
Pagan Britain

Ronald Hutton

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the excavations of three major British sites that revealed evidence of Paleolithic ritual: the Goat's Hole cave at Paviland, Creswell Crags, and Gough's Cave in Cheddar Gorge. It also presents evidence of ritual behaviour in Mesolithic Europe. Among the excavated sites, the Aveline's Hole burials have the largest assemblage of Mesolithic human remains in Britain and one of the most important in Europe.

Keywords:   Palaeolithic, ritual, Goat's Hole, Creswell Crags, Gough's Cave, Cheddar Gorge, Aveline's Hole

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