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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 Earlier Neolithic

The Earlier Neolithic

A Craze for Monuments

(p.32) 2 The Earlier Neolithic
Pagan Britain

Ronald Hutton

Yale University Press

The Neolithic or Stone Age period is characterized by the erection of large structures or monuments upon the land. This chapter surveys what is presently known and thought about the kind of monuments that the people of Early Neolithic Europe erected. The most impressive prehistoric monuments in Europe were tomb-shrines. In particular, the tomb-shrines of the Atlantic coasts of Europe represent the first widespread stone constructions of the human race. The chapter also offers four case studies of tomb-shrines: the long barrows of Sussex; the Cotswold-Severn group of long barrows; the megalithic tomb-shrines of West Wales; and the Irish Sea tomb-shrines.

Keywords:   Neolithic, Stone Age, monuments, tomb-shrines, Sussex, Cotswold-Severn, long barrows, West Wales, Irish Sea

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