Stonehenge for the Ancestors: Part 2

Synthesis

Mike Parker Pearson, Joshua Pollard, Colin Richards, Julian Thomas, Chris Tilley & Kate Welham | 2022

Stonehenge for the Ancestors: Part 2

Synthesis

Mike Parker Pearson, Joshua Pollard, Colin Richards, Julian Thomas, Chris Tilley & Kate Welham | 2022


Paperback ISBN: 9789088907050 | Hardback ISBN: 9789088907067 | Imprint: Sidestone Press | Format: 210x280mm | 388 pp. | The Stonehenge Riverside Project Volume 2 | Language: English | 47 illus. (bw) | 131 illus. (fc) | Keywords: Stonehenge, archaeology, prehistory, Neolithic, Britain, megaliths, stone circles, standing stones, Bluestone, Sarsen, avenue, landscape, lithics, petrography, molluscs | download cover

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For many centuries, scholars and enthusiasts have been fascinated by Stonehenge, the world’s most famous stone circle. In 2003 a team of archaeologists commenced a long-term fieldwork project for the first time in decades. The Stonehenge Riverside Project (2003-2009) aimed to investigate the purpose of this unique prehistoric monument by considering it within its wider archaeological context.

This is the second of four volumes which present the results of that campaign. It includes studies of the lithics from excavations, both from topsoil sampling and from excavated features, as well as of the petrography of the famous bluestones, as identified from chippings recovered during excavations. Other specialist syntheses include soil micromorphology. The volume provides an overview of Stonehenge in its landscape over millennia from before the monument was built to the last of its five constructional stages. It includes a chapter placing Stonehenge in its full context within Britain and western Europe during the third millennium BC.

With contributions by:

Richard Bevins, Ben Chan, Rob Ixer, Charles French and Douglas Mitcham

See the other volumes in the Stonehenge Riverside Project Series

PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

1. Before Stonehenge: the Mesolithic and earlier Neolithic
M. Parker Pearson, J. Pollard, C. Richards, J. Thomas, C. Tilley and K. Welham

2. Stonehenge Stage 1: the Late Neolithic
M. Parker Pearson, J. Pollard, C. Richards, J. Thomas, C. Tilley and K. Welham

3. Stonehenge Stage 2: the end of the Late Neolithic
M. Parker Pearson, J. Pollard, C. Richards, J. Thomas, C. Tilley and K. Welham

4. Stonehenge Stage 3: the Chalcolithic
M. Parker Pearson, J. Pollard, C. Richards, J. Thomas, C. Tilley and K. Welham

5. Stonehenge Stage 4: the Early Bronze Age
M. Parker Pearson, J. Pollard, C. Richards, J. Thomas, C. Tilley and K. Welham

6. Stonehenge Stage 5: the Early–Middle Bronze Age
M. Parker Pearson, J. Pollard, C. Richards, J. Thomas, C. Tilley and K. Welham

7. Stonehenge in its context: monuments and society in Britain and western Europe
M. Parker Pearson, J. Pollard, C. Richards, J. Thomas, C. Tilley and K. Welham

8. Lithic scatters from the ploughsoil in the Stonehenge landscape
D. Mitcham

9. Investigating traditions of stone-working and inhabitation in the Stonehenge landscape: the lithic assemblages of the Stonehenge Riverside Project
B. Chan

10. The petrography of bluestones and other lithics
R. Ixer and R. Bevins

11. The micromorphology of buried soils and associated sediments in the Stonehenge environs
C.A.I. French

Prof. dr. Mike Parker Pearson

Mike Parker Pearson is Professor of British Later Prehistory at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (UCL). He is a Fellow of the British Academy and has directed archaeological projects in Madagascar as well as in many parts of Britain. His books include The Archaeology of Death and Burial, Pastoralists, Warriors and Colonists and Stonehenge: investigating a Stone Age mystery.

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Prof. dr. Joshua Pollard

Joshua Pollard is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Southampton. He is a leading authority on the Neolithic and Bronze Age in Britain, and is director of a major research project on the Neolithic stone circle complex at Avebury, where he has worked for many years. His books include Avebury: biography of a landscape, Landscape of the Megaliths and Avebury.

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Prof. dr. Colin Richards

Colin Richards is Professor of Archaeology at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland. He is a leading expert on stone circles and has excavated widely on Neolithic sites in Britain as well as on Easter Island and elsewhere in the Pacific. For many years he has been researching the Neolithic period in Orkney, where he is now based. His books include Dwelling among the Monuments, Building the Great Stone Circles of the North and The Development of Neolithic House Societies in Orkney.

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Prof. dr. Julian Thomas

Julian Thomas is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Manchester. He is a leading expert on Neolithic Britain, and has directed excavations in many parts of Britain from Scotland to southern England. His books include Understanding the Neolithic, Time, Culture and Identity, and The Birth of Neolithic Britain.

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Prof. dr. Chris Tilley

Chris Tilley is Professor of Anthropology at University College London (UCL). He has directed archaeological projects in Britain and has written widely on many topics including archaeological theory and phenomenology, for which he is known internationally. His books include A Phenomenology of Landscape, Metaphor and Material Culture, An Anthropology of Landscape and The Materiality of Stone.

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Prof. dr. Kate Welham

Kate Welham is Professor of Archaeological Science at Bournemouth University. She has worked on projects in Britain, Kenya, Spain and Easter Island, and is a leading expert in geophysical survey as well as in archaeological materials. She is chair of the UK committee of archaeological heads of departments. She is co-author of Stonehenge: making sense of a prehistoric mystery.

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Abstract:

For many centuries, scholars and enthusiasts have been fascinated by Stonehenge, the world’s most famous stone circle. In 2003 a team of archaeologists commenced a long-term fieldwork project for the first time in decades. The Stonehenge Riverside Project (2003-2009) aimed to investigate the purpose of this unique prehistoric monument by considering it within its wider archaeological context.

This is the second of four volumes which present the results of that campaign. It includes studies of the lithics from excavations, both from topsoil sampling and from excavated features, as well as of the petrography of the famous bluestones, as identified from chippings recovered during excavations. Other specialist syntheses include soil micromorphology. The volume provides an overview of Stonehenge in its landscape over millennia from before the monument was built to the last of its five constructional stages. It includes a chapter placing Stonehenge in its full context within Britain and western Europe during the third millennium BC.

With contributions by:

Richard Bevins, Ben Chan, Rob Ixer, Charles French and Douglas Mitcham

See the other volumes in the Stonehenge Riverside Project Series

Contents

PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

1. Before Stonehenge: the Mesolithic and earlier Neolithic
M. Parker Pearson, J. Pollard, C. Richards, J. Thomas, C. Tilley and K. Welham

2. Stonehenge Stage 1: the Late Neolithic
M. Parker Pearson, J. Pollard, C. Richards, J. Thomas, C. Tilley and K. Welham

3. Stonehenge Stage 2: the end of the Late Neolithic
M. Parker Pearson, J. Pollard, C. Richards, J. Thomas, C. Tilley and K. Welham

4. Stonehenge Stage 3: the Chalcolithic
M. Parker Pearson, J. Pollard, C. Richards, J. Thomas, C. Tilley and K. Welham

5. Stonehenge Stage 4: the Early Bronze Age
M. Parker Pearson, J. Pollard, C. Richards, J. Thomas, C. Tilley and K. Welham

6. Stonehenge Stage 5: the Early–Middle Bronze Age
M. Parker Pearson, J. Pollard, C. Richards, J. Thomas, C. Tilley and K. Welham

7. Stonehenge in its context: monuments and society in Britain and western Europe
M. Parker Pearson, J. Pollard, C. Richards, J. Thomas, C. Tilley and K. Welham

8. Lithic scatters from the ploughsoil in the Stonehenge landscape
D. Mitcham

9. Investigating traditions of stone-working and inhabitation in the Stonehenge landscape: the lithic assemblages of the Stonehenge Riverside Project
B. Chan

10. The petrography of bluestones and other lithics
R. Ixer and R. Bevins

11. The micromorphology of buried soils and associated sediments in the Stonehenge environs
C.A.I. French

Prof. dr. Mike Parker Pearson

Mike Parker Pearson is Professor of British Later Prehistory at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (UCL). He is a Fellow of the British Academy and has directed archaeological projects in Madagascar as well as in many parts of Britain. His books include The Archaeology of Death and Burial, Pastoralists, Warriors and Colonists and Stonehenge: investigating a Stone Age mystery.

read more

Prof. dr. Joshua Pollard

Joshua Pollard is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Southampton. He is a leading authority on the Neolithic and Bronze Age in Britain, and is director of a major research project on the Neolithic stone circle complex at Avebury, where he has worked for many years. His books include Avebury: biography of a landscape, Landscape of the Megaliths and Avebury.

read more

Prof. dr. Colin Richards

Colin Richards is Professor of Archaeology at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland. He is a leading expert on stone circles and has excavated widely on Neolithic sites in Britain as well as on Easter Island and elsewhere in the Pacific. For many years he has been researching the Neolithic period in Orkney, where he is now based. His books include Dwelling among the Monuments, Building the Great Stone Circles of the North and The Development of Neolithic House Societies in Orkney.

read more

Prof. dr. Julian Thomas

Julian Thomas is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Manchester. He is a leading expert on Neolithic Britain, and has directed excavations in many parts of Britain from Scotland to southern England. His books include Understanding the Neolithic, Time, Culture and Identity, and The Birth of Neolithic Britain.

read more

Prof. dr. Chris Tilley

Chris Tilley is Professor of Anthropology at University College London (UCL). He has directed archaeological projects in Britain and has written widely on many topics including archaeological theory and phenomenology, for which he is known internationally. His books include A Phenomenology of Landscape, Metaphor and Material Culture, An Anthropology of Landscape and The Materiality of Stone.

read more

Prof. dr. Kate Welham

Kate Welham is Professor of Archaeological Science at Bournemouth University. She has worked on projects in Britain, Kenya, Spain and Easter Island, and is a leading expert in geophysical survey as well as in archaeological materials. She is chair of the UK committee of archaeological heads of departments. She is co-author of Stonehenge: making sense of a prehistoric mystery.

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