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Title: Authenticity, Artifice and the Druidical Temple of Avebury
Authors: Gillings, Mark
Pollard, Joshua
First Published: 7-May-2015
Number of Pieces: 18
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Citation: Gillings, M; Pollard, J, Authenticity, Artifice and the Druidical Temple of Avebury, ed. Kolen, J;Hermans, R;Renes, H, 'Landscape Biographies: Geographical, Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on the Production and Transmission of Landscapes', 2015, pp. 117-142 (25)
Abstract: This paper engages with the legacy of a prehistoric monument – the Avebury henge, in southern England – and the influential work of an early antiquarian – William Stukeley. We highlight how the reception of Stukeley’s 1743 work, Abury: a temple of the British druids, has structured images of Avebury and shaped the authenticity claims of later scholars, artists and religious groups. In biographical terms, Stukeley’s carefully crafted Abury has possessed a very active afterlife, its status shifting from that of primary record (of Avebury), to a form of constructionalblueprint (for Avebury), to a partial and flawed primary record (of an Avebury), only to end up for some as an unassailable and defijinitive record (of the Avebury). At the centre of this narrative is the status of Abury as a material agent around which various authenticity claims have been constructed.
Series/Report no.: Landscape and Heritage Studies;
ISBN: 9789089644725
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Chapter
Rights: Copyrights © 2015 Jan Kolen, Johannes Renes & Rita Hermans / Amsterdam University Press B.V., Amsterdam. Distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License ( ), which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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