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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 Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age

The Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age

The Time of The Sacred Circle

(p.81) 3 The Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age
Pagan Britain

Ronald Hutton

Yale University Press

The monumental forms of Early to the Late Neolithic include round ceremonial enclosures and circular settings for the burial of human remains. In Ireland, the developed passage grave or passage tomb consists of a large round mound, entered by a long passage of megaliths leading to a stone-built chamber. Neolithic inhabitants also built the largest chambered long barrow causeway enclosure and cursus and the largest henges: the Avebury henge, Marden and Mount Pleasant Henges, and the Durrington Walls. About two miles and southwest of Durrington is the most famous prehistoric monument in the world: Stonehenge.

Keywords:   Neolithic, passage grave, passage tomb, megaliths, cursus, henges, Avebury, Marden, Durrington Walls, Stonehenge

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